by Lourdes Salvador
The Journal of Neurological Science published a review from the Department of Neurology, USF Health, University of South Florida entitled The allegory of a mountain: An environmental introduction to neurotoxicology on August 29, 2007.
Neurotoxicology is the science which investigates the relationship between exposures to chemical or physical agents and adverse effects on the nervous system. Most studies of neurotoxicology are carried out on animals and mammals.
Prockop, the researcher at the University of South Florida, states, many of the substances to which humans are being exposed are relatively new to the environment, i.e., the products of a sophisticated industrial development. As a result humans are exposed to volatile organic compounds not previously present in our environment in significant amounts and the effects of these VOCs on the human body has not been thoroughly studied.
Industry is important to the world as we know it in that it has provided for the niceties of life and the economic growth of society. Unfortunately, industry often requires the use of volatile organic compounds (VOC) which have negative effects.