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September 30, 1950

The Alkaloids: Chemistry and Physiology. Volume I

JAMA. 1950;144(5):435. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920050075044

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Abstract

This is the first volume of a projected series of five in which the authors propose to compile a comprehensive Handbuch of the chemistry and pharmacology of the alkaloids. Volume I discusses the chemistry and occurrence of some of the alkaloids.

The book is composed of seven independent monographs. The first two monographs discuss alkaloids in general, including occurrence, distribution in the plants, separation and purification and their relation to plant metabolism. The remaining five monographs discuss the individual alkaloids. The data for each alkaloid usually include occurrence, isolation, detection, structure, synthesis and chemical variations of the natural alkaloids. The classes of alkaloids discussed are pyrrolidine, senecio, pyridine, tropine, and strychnos nux vomica. The individual alkaloids discussed include the pepper alkaloids, tobacco alkaloids, hyoscyamine, atropine, cocaine, scopolamine and strychnine, to name a few of special interest to the medical profession.

As promised by the compilers, the discussions are comprehensive. Many

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