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Chapter 1

Silver in Health and Disease

Silver is ubiquitous in the human environment. It has a long history as a precious metal but from earliest in times has been associated with purity and good health. This chapter reviews the salient features of silver in controlling infections associated with medical devices and health care therapies and introduces some problems associated with occupational exposures to silver dusts and use of colloidal silver. It is noteworthy that although silver is not neurotoxic it has played a fundamental role in the histopathological diagnosis of degenerative neurological diseases.

Print publication date: 07 May 2010
Copyright year: 2010
Print ISBN: 978-1-84973-006-8
PDF eISBN: 978-1-84973-179-9
From the book series:
Issues in Toxicology