Carbon Monoxide Headquarters


CRC Press, 568 pages
Publication date: June, 2000

Edited by David G. Penney, Ph.D.

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This is a new book (See Flyer), covering areas of this expansive field not covered in the first book, CARBON MONOXIDE, edited by David G. Penney, Ph.D., and published by CRC Press in 1996. Over twenty world authorities in diverse subfields of carbon monoxide toxicology have contributed to the book.

CARBON MONOXIDE TOXICITY does not duplicate subject areas covered in Carbon Monoxide, 1996. Its scope is broad, encompassing a wide sweep of topics from, for example, the history of CO research, to CO detector technology, to clinical management of CO poisoning around the world, to our emerging understanding of the largely hidden threat of chronic low level CO exposure to individuals as well as populations. While many chapters present new basic science information, the major thrust of the book is directed toward the clinical (medical, psychiatric, neuropsychiatric) management of various forms of CO poisoning. A major goal has been to provide physicians with a better understanding of the toxic condition and the tools available to successfully manage their patients.

Interest in the impact of CO on health has been increasing rapidly during the past decade. This is exemplified by the increased use of CO detectors in public buildings, homes, pleasure boats and aircraft, and the public and the medical community's need to obtain quality information about the risks of CO and the means to successfully manage victims of CO poisoning. It is clear that this trend will continue into the forseeable future. My "Expert" website, Carbon Monoxide Headquarters, which is said by many to be the best source of information on CO in cyberspace, is now receiving well over 300 visits per day from members of the public, medical practitioners, and other professionals from around the world.

Some outstanding and unique features of CARBON MONOXIDE TOXICITY are:

A look at the setting of health regulations regarding CO in our environment and their remarkable success over the past several decades in the USA.
Comparative presentations of the approaches to managing CO poisoning around the world.
Enhancement of our understanding of the threat of chronic low level CO exposure to health in developed and developing countries.
Presentation of both high tech scanning approaches and neuropsychological tools in the diagnosis of damage from CO poisoning.
Presentation of new data leading to the understanding of CO in suicide and motor vehicle accidents around the world and recent attempts to curtail them.
A look at the role of CO and other associated gases in morbidity and mortality in fire situations.

Table of Contents

  • Preface: by David G. Penney, Ph.D.
  • Chapter 1 - History of Carbon Monoxide Toxicology
  • Chapter 2 - Carbon Monoxide in Breath, Blood, and Other Tissues
  • Chapter 3 - Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Chapter 4 - The Setting of Health-Based Standards for Ambient Carbon Monoxide and Their Impact on Atmospheric Levels
  • Chapter 5 - Effect of Carbon Monoxide on Work and Exercise Capacity in Humans
  • Chapter 6 - The Interacting Effects of Altitude and Carbon Monoxide
  • Chapter 7 - Interactions Between Carbon Monoxide, Hydrogen Cyanide, Low Oxygen Hypoxia, Carbon Dioxide and Inhaled Irritant Gases
  • Chapter 8 - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and its Management in the United States
  • Chapter 9 - Death by Suicide Involving Carbon Monoxide Around the World
  • Chapter 10 - Carbon Monoxide as an Unrecognized Cause of Neurasthenia
  • Chapter 11 - Update on the Clinical Treatment of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Chapter 12 - Treatment of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in France
  • Chapter 13 - Acute Carbon Monoxide Poisonings in Poland: Research and Clinical Experience
  • Chapter 14 - Treatment of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in the United Kingdom
  • Chapter 15 - Carbon Monoxide Air Pollution and its Health Impact on the Major Cities of China
  • Chapter 16 - Use of Scanning Techniques in the Diagnosis of Damage from Carbon Monoxide
  • Chapter 17 - Low Level Carbon Monoxide and Human Health
  • Chapter 18 - Chronic Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Chapter 19 - Chronic Carbon Monoxide Exposure: The CO Support Study
  • Chapter 20 - Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Carbon Monoxide Poisoned Patient
  • Chapter 21 - Pediatric Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Chapter 22 - Carbon Monoxide Production, Transport and Hazard in Building Fires
  • Chapter 23 - Approaches to Dealing with Carbon Monoxide in the Living Environment

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