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July 27, 1918

Reagents and Reactions

JAMA. 1918;71(4):302. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600300066023

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In past years, the chemical profession was not very different from the medical profession of those times, or certain proprietary interests of today, as the scientific names of chemical composites, whether they were reactions or mixtures, were relegated to the background, in order that the personal name of the sponsor might be capitalized. Thus, to the confusion of students and practitioners of chemistry, there exists today as a heritage a vast number of tests and solutions, differentiated in the literature by meaningless proper nouns. Tognoli has collected the tests and has cross-indexed them in such a manner that the publication will serve as a useful reference epitome. He has not attempted, however, to alleviate the difficulty by giving the reactions sensible names. Certain purity tests for reagents are described, most of which are unnecessary to one who employs the U. S. P. test solutions. The book is recommended to those

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