Throughout the last three decades, a large amount of information on phosphonates has accumulated, but has not been compiled. At this time of the increasing importance of phosphonate class of molecules, this information needs to be drawn together to make a manageable volume for use as a reference text and as learning text for interested persons.
1. Forward 2. Phosphonic acids in nature 3. Metabolism of phosphonates 4. Chemical, biochemical, and medicinal properties of the diphosphonates 5. Phosphonic acids and phosphonates in antimetabolites 6. The effects of synthetic phosphonates on living systems 7. Industrial uses of phosphonates