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Geology and health; a brief history from the Pleistocene to today

Syed E. Hasan, Robert B. Finkelman and H. Catherine W. Skinner
Geology and health; a brief history from the Pleistocene to today (in The impact of the geological sciences on society, Marion E. Bickford (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (September 2013) 501: 155-164


This paper provides a brief historic overview of the relationship between geology and human health, recognizing the use of geologic materials by the earliest humans, through the ancient civilizations to the present. It also includes a survey of contributions by physicians in Europe and the United States during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, followed by the developments in the twentieth century, particularly the post-World War II period, when the relationships between geology and health began to be actively investigated. The rapid evolution during the 1990s and the initiative and support of the International Union of Geological Sciences that culminated in the establishment of the International Medical Geology Association in 2005, and the Division of Geology and Health of the Geological Society of America in the United States in 2007, are discussed. Current status and future prospects of geology and health are highlighted.

ISSN: 0072-1077
EISSN: 2331-219X
Serial Title: Special Paper - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 501
Title: Geology and health; a brief history from the Pleistocene to today
Title: The impact of the geological sciences on society
Author(s): Hasan, Syed E.Finkelman, Robert B.Skinner, H. Catherine W.
Author(s): Bickford, Marion E.editor
Affiliation: University of Missouri, Department of Geosciences, Kansas City, MO, United States
Affiliation: Syracuse University, Department of Earth Sciences, Syracuse, NY, United States
Pages: 155-164
Published: 201309
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 61
Accession Number: 2013-086863
Categories: Environmental geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
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Secondary Affiliation: University of Texas at Dallas, USA, United StatesYale University, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201351
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