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February 26, 1938

Physiological Chemistry of the Bile

JAMA. 1938;110(9):680-681. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790090062032

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This monograph deals with the "biochemistry and physiology of the bile and includes a survey of the present knowledge of physiological, pharmacological and pathological facts concerning bile acids, the origin of the biliary secretion, its quantity and its composition under normal and pathological conditions." The ground covered may be indicated by the chapter headings, which include the hepatic secretion, the quantity of bile secretion, the composition of the bile, modification of the bile flow by introduction of organic and inorganic compounds, the occurrence of bile acids outside the biliary tract, and the effects of bile acids. The book contains a great deal of information which will be found useful by those workers in physiology, pharmacology or experimental medicine who are interested in biliary secretion. Its interest for the more general reader, however, is lessened by the almost complete absence of chemical formulas. About one fourth of the book is devoted to the bibliography.

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