The evolution of toxicology: From poison to risk asessment

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This paper analyzes the history of Toxicology through the many cultures, researchers, concepts and methodologies. The text is not only a set of data and ephemeredes but also represents the attempt to describe the evolution of this discipline through society's image. Given that as of the 20th and 21st centuries a risk society appeared, the role of toxicology took on greater importance; the author shows that toxicology then consisted of more the just studying poisons. At the provisional end of this history, toxicogenomics appear, the last transformation of this research field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-161
JournalRevista de Toxicologia
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005


  • History
  • Poison
  • Risk
  • Toxicogenomics
  • Toxicology


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