About the book
Successive historical events prove the use of noble metals in drugs for the welfare of mankind. Silver has been used to treat wounds and ulcers as mentioned by Greek physician Hippocrates. Silver has also been used for storage of drinking water due to its strong antimicrobial potential and hence in the current era its medicinal use is well known. Similarly, the use of copper to sterile water has been reported by ancient Egyptians and medicinal use of Gold by Chinese. In the modern age, the use of metal-based medicines started about 50 years’ back when use of cis-platin was explored for treatment of various types of cancer. Since then the use of metals in medicine remained promising and it is further attracting scientists. During last decade, the use of noble metals (Rhodium, Iridium, Palladium, Osmium, Gold, Silver and Copper) has been the subject of intensive therapeutic investigation leading to syntheses of series of metallo compounds with remarkable anticancer, antirheumatic, antimalarial, antifungal, and antimicrobial drugs. Several research and review articles on the use of noble metals based complexes for medicinal applications has been published.
The aim of this book project is to compile the updated research work on medicinal applications of noble metal complexes mainly focusing the structure activity relationship of metal complexes with targeting biological components.