Nanotechnology and nanomedicine: A primer

Department of Community and Family Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, DC 20059, USA.
Journal of the National Medical Association (Impact Factor: 0.96). 01/2007; 98(12):1985-8.
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Nanosciences and nanotechnology are transforming a wide array of products and services that have the potential to enhance the practice of medicine and improve public health. But there are a number of health, safety and environmental issues to be addressed. This review summarizes some basic facts about nanotechnology and cites examples of its application to medicine and public health.

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