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Metallotherapeutic Drugs and Metal-Based Diagnostic Agents

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Preface

Preface:

There are an astonishing number and variety of roles that metalsplay in contemporary medicine. This book contains information onthe medicinal uses of inorganics, that is, of elements such asboron, lithium, selenium, to name a few, as well asmetal-containing species.

In keeping with the notion that healthy mammals rely on(bio-essential) metals for the normal functioning of approximatelya third of their proteins and enzymes, a large number of drugs aremetal-based and considerable effort is being devoted to developingboth second- and third-generation drugs as well as generating novelmetal-based drugs. While there is no doubt that there is anemphasis on ‘Metallotherapeutics’ throughout the volume, the use ofmetals in medicine is not restricted to metal-based drugs. Thefollowing are also covered:

  • non-invasive radiopharmaceuticals
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • mineral supplements

From the foregoing and, more importantly, from the contents of thevarious Chapters, the reader will gain an appreciation of the veryreal role metal-based drugs play in modern medicine and of theconsiderable effort being devoted to the development of novelcomplexes with greater efficacy as therapeutic and diagnosticagents.

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