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Title: Determination of serum zinc levels in normal Maltese adults by atomic absorption spectrophotometry
Authors: Ellul-Micallef, Roger
Galdes, A.
Fenech, Frederick F.
Keywords: Zinc in the body -- Malta -- Case studies
Zinc -- metabolism
Atomic absorption spectroscopy
Issue Date: 1974
Publisher: The St. Luke`s Hospital Gazette
Citation: Ellul-Micallef, R., Galdes, A., & Fenech, F.F. (1974). Determination of serum zinc levels in normal Maltese adults by atomic absorption spectrophotometry. The St. Luke`s Hospital Gazette, 9(2), 128-132.
Abstract: The importance of zinc as one of the essential trace elements in the living organisms is becoming increasingly recognised. In the process of carrying out measurements to establish normal reference values for our laboratory, it was noticed that the values being obtained, generally appeared to be higher than those published in the literature where similar techniques had been employed. It is important to gain further understanding of this metal in both health and disease as it appears that zinc is essential to an important variety of metabolic processes in man. We are unable to offer a satisfactory explanation for the difference in serum zinc levels in the two groups reported in this paper. Local water does not appear to have high zinc content and Maltese soil is known to be zinc deficient. It is known however that local farmers use a zinc containing fungicide (Zineb) on a large scale.
Appears in Collections:TSLHG, Volume 9, Issue 2
TSLHG, Volume 9, Issue 2

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