Rare Earth Elements in Human and Environmental Health: At the Crossroads Between Toxicity and Safety

Giovanni Pagano

© 2016 - Pan Stanford
Published November 11, 2016
Reference - 292 Pages - 10 Color & 28 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9789814745000 - CAT# N11764

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  • Fills the knowledge gap in current literature because REE-associated health effects have been reported only in journal papers so far, while published books on REEs mostly or exclusively focus on other aspects of REEs, such as chemistry, mineralogy, economics, and technology
  • Discusses the recognized and potential benefits arising from REE-related technologies in medical, agronomical, and zootechnical applications, thus representing prospect avenues in developing further advantages of REE-related technological applications
  • Provides novel yet established information, as stated in the title, "At a crossroads between toxicity and safety," with particular emphasis on the hormesis phenomenon
  • Authors include renowned scientists who have contributed to crucial studies in the fields of REE-associated health effects in several environmental, medical, and chemical disciplines
  • Provides extensive covering of topics due to the international distribution of authors from Americas, Europe, and Asia


This book presents the multifaceted aspects of rare earth elements (REEs), focusing on both their potential benefits and adverse health effects. The adverse impacts of REEs on human and environmental health raise a growing concern not only in the scientific community but also among a number of stakeholders, potentially including students, media workers, and decision makers. The recognized and potential benefits arising from REE-related technological applications may envisage their further advantages.

A limited number of books have been devoted so far to REEs, and they mainly focus on REE-related chemistry, mineralogy, economy, and developing technologies for these elements. This book presents recent research achievements in REE-associated health effects, which have been mostly confined to journal reports on individual laboratory studies so far. It is an updated and balanced approach to REE research and technology. It provides novel yet established information as stated in the title "At the Crossroads between Toxicity and Safety," with particular emphasis on the hormesis phenomenon.


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