The periodic table of medicine

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In this article we discuss the chemistry, pharmacology and therapeutics of a range of medicines that contain in their formulation a key element from the periodic table. The elements we discuss may be in their ionic or atomic form, or may be integral to the functioning of a much larger drug molecule, but in each case we explore how that element’s fundamental chemistry can be exploited to treat a number of life-threatening or quality-of-life-threatening diseases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71
Number of pages80
JournalSchool Science Review
Issue number374
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2019


  • First-row transition metals
  • Metals in medicine
  • Periodic table
  • Speciation


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