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January 15, 1944

Encyclopedia of Substitutes and Synthetics

JAMA. 1944;124(3):199. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850030067035

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This unique encyclopedia presents invaluable information that is not available even in the best libraries without thorough time consuming searches through the literature. The material is arranged in alphabetical order from Abalyn to Zola. Each compound is defined, and its properties, uses and substitutes are listed. Assistance was provided to the editor by seventy-five firms and four government agencies. The material is presented in a concise and readable manner and cross indexed adequately in an index of trade names and a subject index. Perhaps there is no other field of investigation that has caught the public's fancy to a greater degree than has the development of substitute and synthetic materials. This book will prove of great value to manufacturers, researchists and teachers. Its usefulness to the medical profession is evident, but it would be of added value if brief discussions on toxicity were included. Perhaps if the book progresses to

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