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Mercury Contamination: Causes and Concerns

Preeti Phuskele (Author) Sameer A. Zodgekar (Author)
Synopsis One does not think much about using mercury thermometers. If a member of the family falls sick, we quickly take out mercury thermometer and measure the temperature. Similarly, dental filling is a routine process for most of us. It never occurs to us that dental filling or thermometers can cause toxicity. But it is a fact. Breaking of mercury thermometer spills mercury beads that are difficult to collect. Dental amalgam contains mercury which may accumulate and cause chronic toxicity. Preservatives such as thiomerosal, used in children’s vaccines, may lead to mercury toxicity. Even fish such as albacore tuna, swordfish and king mackerel may cause mercury toxicity. Mercury is a heavy metal that is liquid at room temperature. Spilled mercury beads may vapourize and can possibly be inhaled. Inhaled mercury is highly toxic. It may cause typical metal fume fever. Similarly, eating particular kinds of fish may cause ingestion of methylmercury- an organic form- which may significantly damage the nervous system. Children are especially prone to mercury toxicity. Children born to mothers with high level of mercury show slower development. This book explains how mercury contamination occurs; what are the symptoms of mercury contamination and how contamination can be avoided. It also has a look at some of the ways to reduce the toxic effects of mercury contamination.
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About the authors

Preeti Phuskele

Preeti Phuskele holds a bachelor's degree in Commerce and a master's degree in Business Economics from Indore University. She is currently working as a Consulting Editor at Icfai Business School Research Centre, Pune. Prior to joining Icfai, she worked for various management colleges at Indore and Pune and also as Assistant Manager for an export oriented unit. Her areas of interest include macroeconomics, international economics, and financial industry.

Sameer A. Zodgekar

Sameer Zodgekar holds a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and an MBA in marketing management from University of Pune. He is currently working as a Consulting Editor at Icfai Business School Research Centre, Pune. Prior to joining Icfai, he served in the pharma industry for thirteen years. He worked with Glaxo Group, Alkem Group and Blue Cross Laboratories in various functional areas like manufacturing, sales and product management. He was also into international marketing for a brief period during his stint in Blue Cross, where he was responsible for managing brands in East Africa and Asia Pacific. His areas of interest are marketing, brand management, pharmacy and technology.

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Title Mercury Contamination: Causes and Concerns
Format Hardcover
Date published: 14.10.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788131414439
length 252p.