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June 25, 1938

Précis de chimie organique

JAMA. 1938;110(26):2177. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790260051033

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Victor Grignard, Nobel laureate, commands such respect among organic chemists that anything bearing his name must be treated with more than ordinary consideration. It is true that this book is posthumous, but it is completed as a token of respect and veneration. One would expect, therefore, and finds, unusual care and precision in the work. It is stated in the introduction that the book reproduces faithfully the course given by Victor Grignard, each year, to candidates for the certificate of general chemistry in the School of Industrial Chemistry at Lyons. It is therefore a textbook the worth of which is proved. Organic chemistry is a subject as logical as geometry. No unusual order of presentation is to be expected or found. The order is much the same as is found in standard textbooks. Following a chapter on general fundamental principles, the following plan is followed: aliphatic and cyclic hydrocarbons, organic

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