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Mercury and its effects on environment and biology

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Published by Marcel Dekker in New York .
Written in English


  • Mercury -- Toxicology,
  • Mercury -- Environmental aspects

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Statementedited by Astrid Sigel and Helmut Sigel.
SeriesMetal ions in biological systems ;, v. 34
ContributionsSigel, Astrid., Sigel, Helmut.
LC ClassificationsQP532 .M47 vol. 34, RA1231.M5 .M47 vol. 34
The Physical Object
Paginationxlii, 604 p. :
Number of Pages604
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL991517M
ISBN 100824798287
LC Control Number96029927

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