Chapter 7. Metals in Medicine

  1. Rosette M. Roat-Malone

Published Online: 19 MAR 2003

DOI: 10.1002/0471265330.ch7

Bioinorganic Chemistry: A Short Course

Bioinorganic Chemistry: A Short Course

How to Cite

Roat-Malone, R. M. (2002) Metals in Medicine, in Bioinorganic Chemistry: A Short Course, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471265330.ch7

Author Information

  1. Washington College, Chestertown, MD, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2003
  2. Published Print: 20 SEP 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471159766

Online ISBN: 9780471265337



  • metals;
  • medicine;
  • therapeutic compounds;
  • diagnostic agents;
  • metal transport;
  • metallochaperones;
  • metals in medicine (MIM)


Medicinal inorganic chemistry is a multidisciplinary field combining elements of chemistry (synthesis, reactivity), pharmacology (pharmacokinetics, toxicology), biochemistry (targets, structure, conformational changes), and medicinal chemistry (therapeutics, pharmacodynamics, structure-activity relationships (SAR)). This chapter presents discussion on each of these fields.