Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2010 11:11:21 EDT
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Subject: Re: Toxicology Basics

Thanks Doug, that's a nice little course on tox. It even covered dysplasia as a cancer mechanism which is important to contrast with direct DNA damage. Lots of big words for the students to look up, but it's balanced and thorough. It will be helpful to me to insure I am not missing any general concept that I need to develop plain language for in order to explain it to my art/theater workers and the general public. 

Another source I use are some of the great ideas, stories and comments you people have posted.  I'll take this moment to thank you all collectively.

My trainings for the artists are dirty and fast (3 hours minimum + test), but the basic overall impression they get is balanced to the best of my ability.  I also make it funny and just on the edge of risque--kind of toxicology stand up.  The best way to get artists and the general public to pay attention is to keep them in fear of missing the next gag.  And to get the gag, they need to understand the concept.

I learned this approach in the 1950s/60s from the best lecturer on Basic Chemistry and the History of Chemistry that ever lived, Aaron J. Ihde.  I also was a graduate teaching assistant under him.  Look him up.  He died in 2000, but his books are still available.

Interviewers ask when I stopped performing.  I say I sang my last cabaret song before an NYC audience in May 2001, but I've never stopped performing.


In a message dated 9/11/2010 6:33:44 AM Eastern Daylight Time, waltersdb**At_Symbol_Here**EARTHLINK.NET writes:

NIH/NLM has an excellent toxicology tutorial covering Basic Principles, Toxicokinetics and Cellular Tox. at:


Douglas B. Walters, PhD, CSP, CCHO

Director, Chemical Safety

Environmental &Chemical Safety Educational Institute

6807 Breezewood Rd.

Raleigh NC 27607 USA



On Sep 10, 2010, at 2:07 PM, DAVID KATZ wrote:

I would like to share some basic information on toxicology I found written by Elizabeth Casarez of the  Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy.  I have found this to be useful in my non-major class on Consumer Chemistry and I plan to incorporate it into the safety information for my General Chemistry classes.  I hope you find it useful for introducing toxicology basics to appropriate classes.

At this link is a PowerPoint presentation on Principles of Toxicology and an accompanying handout in both PDF and Word Format.

Best regards to everyone.



  David A. Katz             
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