Why is fluorine so abnormal

Fluoride poisoning

Results of internal medicine and paediatrics pp 822-915 | Cite as

An overview of the role of fluorine in pathology and physiology


Compared to the other halogens, fluorine has long had a modest place in biology. The presence of fluorine in organic material, especially bone and dental tissue, has been known for more than a century and the traditional view has a certain degree of fluorine Importance attached to the strength and hardness of tooth enamel. The acute toxic properties of fluorine compounds have been known since the end of the last century, but it was only in the last 10–15 years that knowledge of the various types of the far more important chronic poisoning became known.

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