Noble Metals and Biological Systems examines the relationship between noble metals (gold, silver, and platinum group metals) and biological systems. The book is divided into three parts.
Part 1 is concerned with the analytical chemistry of noble metals and includes a description of the latest methods of analysis.
Part 2 describes such topics as ecology and environmental science of noble metals as they pertain to biogeochemical exploration, noble metals in hair, the environmental geochemistry of palladium, microorganisms and noble metals, animals and noble metals, and a general survey of noble metals in the environment. Coverage is comprehensive and includes information regarding the use of dogs and termites as field assistants in mineral prospecting, as well as the fascinating story of the "gold bug", a microorganism that plates itself with gold.
Part 3 is devoted entirely to noble metals in the treatment of disease and includes chapters describing the use of osmium and gold for arthritis treatment, silver as a bactericide, and platinum and ruthenium as anticancer agents.
Noble Metals and Biological Systems will provide fascinating reading for applied geochemists, environmentalists, public health specialists, ecologists, microbiologists, clinical biochemists, oncologists, and specialists in rheumatic diseases.
Table of Contents
Introduction (R.R. Brooks). Analytical Chemistry of the Noble metals. The Analytical Chemistry of the Noble Metals (R.R. Brooks). Ecology and Environmental Science of Noble Metals. Biogeochemical Exploration for Deposits of the Noble Metals (C.E. Dunn). The Noble Metals in Hair (J.E. Fergusson). The Environmental Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry of Palladium (E.L. Kothny). The Noble Metal Biogeochemistry of Microorganisms (R.R. Brooks and J.R. Watterson). Animals and Noble Metals (R.R. Brooks and R.W. Boyle). Noble Metals in the Environment (J.E. Fergusson). Noble Metals in Medicine. Gold and Silver in Medicine (R.A. Wigley and R.R. Brooks). Osmium and Arthritis (C.C. Hinckley, I.A. Ali, A. Yokochi, P.D. Robinson, and J.K. Dorsey). Ruthenium Complexes as Anticancer Agents (B.K. Keppler, B. Stenzel, K.-G. Lipponer, R. Niebl, H. Vongerichten, and E. Vogel). Platinum Chemotherapy for Cancer Treatment (E.B. Douple