Minerals latu sensu and Human Health: Benefits, Toxicity and Pathologies


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Minerals latu sensu and Human Health: Benefits, Toxicity and Pathologies Editors: Celso Gomes, Michel Rautureau Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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Pages: 668 Illustrations and other contents: 68 Illustrations, black and white; XVI, 668 p. 68 illus. Language: English ISBN: 9783030657086 Categories: ,

This volume provides a comprehensive academic review of both positive and negative effects of minerals on human health and quality of life. The book adopts the concept of mineral latu sensu (mineral l.s.), which encompasses a broad spectrum of natural, inorganic, solid, and crystalline, of natural and inorganic chemical elements (metals and metalloids), of modified natural minerals, of biominerals, and of syntetic minerals, all products that branch across the disciplines of earth, soil, environmental, materials, nutrition, and health sciences. Using this broad framework, the authors are able to provide a multidisciplinary assessment on many types of minerals which can be essential, beneficial and hazardous to human health, covering applications in medical geology, medical hydrology or balneotherapy, pharmacology, chemistry, nutrition, and biophysics. The book performs historical analyses of the uses of minerals for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes to better understand current trends and developments in mineral research and human health. The book will be of interest to students, public health officials, environmental agencies and researchers from various disciplines, as well as scientific societies and organizations focusing on medical geology, health resort medicine (crenotherapy, hydrotherapy and climatotherapy), and on pharmaceutical, cosmetic and biomedical applications.

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Author Biography

Dr. Celso de Sousa Figueiredo Gomes (retired) is a former Professor Cathedratico at University d'Aveiro, Portugal. He was Assistant Professor (1961 - 1967) at the Mineralogical and Geological Museum of the University of Coimbra, teaching Crystallography, Mineralogy, Petrology, and Geology, and he was Chief-Geologist of the Geological Survey of Angola and Assistant Professor at the University of Luanda, Angola (1968 - 1974). In 1964 he began his study of Soil and Clay Sciences at the Instituto de Edafologia e Agrobiologia Vegetal of the Consejo Superior de Investigacion Cientifica (Madrid), and continued in Aberdeen, Scotland, at the Macaulay Institute for Soil Research. In 1979 he received a PhD in Materials Science from the Leeds University, United Kingdom. He is the author and co-author of over 500 scientific papers, and the author and co-author of 21 books and 5 chapters of scientific books. He has organized various National and International Conferences. Since his retirement (2003) Dr. Gomes is a researcher of the Research Centre "GeoBioTec" financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education. Dr. Gomes presently is member of the following scientific societies: AIPEA (Association Internationale Pour L'Etude des Argiles), Mineralogical Society (United Kingdom), Clays and Clay Minerals Society (United States of America), Sociedad Espanola de Arcillas (Spain), Clay Science Society (Japan), Sociedade Portuguesa de Ceramica e Vidro, Sociedade Portuguesa de Hidrologia Medica, and Global Scientific and Advisory Council of the World Health and Wellness Tourism Association (WHWTA). In 1995 he founded APA (Associacao Portuguesa de Argilas), an affiliate of ECGA (European Clay Groups Association) and AIPEA, being the President of ECGA (2007 - 2011). Dr. Michel Rautureau (retired) began working in 1958 at the French National Centre for Scientific Research's "laboratoire de synthese atomique et d'optique protonique" a facility dedicated to electron microscopy of clay minerals and cell biology. He worked under the direction of Professor Claude Magnan, author of the famous "Traite de microscopie electronique". Dr. Rautureau received his PhD in 1972; his theses work on the crystalline structure of sepiolite, a fibrous clay mineral, and was soon recognized as an authority on clay minerals. He, with Simonne Caillere and Stephane Henin authored "Mineralogie des Argiles" a major reference in the subject of the mineralogy of clay minerals and the first book to present their global classification. Dr. Rautureau is a member of Groupe Francais des argiles (GFA), Association Internationale Pour L' Etude des Argiles (AIPEA), French society of electron microscopy, French society of Mineralogy, French society of geology, Societe botanique de France, Association Francaise pour l'avancement des Sciences (AFAS), and a member of the administrative council for Section Francaise de l'Institut International de la Conservation (SFIIC).