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This instalment deals, first, with the relation between pharmacology and colloid chemistry. Starkenstein reminds us that all biologic manifestations must ultimately be referred to colloid chemical alterations. Disease, poisoning and cure are all results of such changes. Colloid chemistry has decided the age old controversy between humoral and cellular pathology in favor of both, for the entire living body is a colloidal solution. As examples of the revolutionary change in view that colloid chemistry has forced on pharmacology, the author discusses briefly the newer understanding of diastatic ferment action, of the adsorption and distribution of remedies, of diuretics and diaphoretics, of inhibition of inflammation, and of drug influences on purine metabolism. No less profound and enlightening is Liesegang's chapter on "Strahlentherapie," which attempts, by giving numerous references to recent literature, to open up the treasury of the latest views to those who have not been able to keep abreast of
Medizinische Kolloidlehre. JAMA. 1935;104(3):244. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760030076034