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October 15, 1938

Chemistry of the Brain

JAMA. 1938;111(16):1497-1498. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790420077033

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This volume represents a summary of the present state of our knowledge concerning brain constituents and their metabolism. There are extended and valuable references, particularly to the more recent investigations in the general field of intermediary metabolism, so that the scope of the work is considerably greater than its title would indicate. There is an excellent historical introductory chapter, followed by a more extensive survey of the chemistry and metabolism of various brain constituents. A comprehensive chapter on brain oxidations has been contributed by Dr. J. H. Quastel of the Cardiff Mental Hospital. The purely chemical aspects of brain constituents are treated briefly, the emphasis being on their correlation as far as possible with metabolic function. The clinical aspects of the problem are not neglected and the book should prove of interest not only to the laboratory investigator but to the clinician as well. The organization and critical interpretation of

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