Over the last decades, the effects of the physical environment have proven to be increasingly relevant on the healing process and well-being of people/patients. Factors such as noise play an important role in health maintenance and physical recovery after disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) has published guidelines for community noise with reference values for noise management in different settings (WHO guidelines for community noise, 1999). We therefore decided to include a chapter on environmental medicine, focusing on noise and air pollution in particular mold, in our book. The field of environmental medicine has developed from various disciplines.
- air pollutants