June 17, 1944

The Chemistry of Synthetic Substances

JAMA. 1944;125(7):525. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850250065034

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This volume, a translation of the German, is acclaimed as a useful textbook on the chemistry of high molecular organic compounds recently developed in science and industry. The contents of the book are predominantly macromolecular organic chemistry covering a survey of synthetic compounds, although not adequately; the principles of polymerization, including various types of products; the processes of polycondensation, and the solubility of high molecular film-forming substances. Apparently the author has not taken into consideration the great number of papers advanced on this particular subject; consequently there is a possibility of a distorted representation. Although recently edited, it appears not to be an up to date volume in such a rapidly advancing field.

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