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October 7, 1950

Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry for Premedical Students

JAMA. 1950;144(6):509. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060071050

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Abstract

This textbook for a one semester course for students majoring in biology and medicine demands a knowledge of no mathematics beyond algebra and is simply and clearly written, generously illustrated and unusually well organized. Naturally, the treatment is somewhat superficial because all the topics usually covered in a full year's course are touched on: gases, liquids, normal and electrolytic solutions, osmotic pressure, conductivity, equilibrium, electromotive force, ph, redox potentials, reaction rates and catalysis, adsorption, colloids, and redioactivity and nuclear fission. Biologic applications are indicated. Some special features are the following: inclusion of a problem which has been worked, with each important equation developed in the text; provision of two sets of problems at the end of each chapter, with answers in an appendix to the first set only; limitation of the bibliographies to a total of less than a dozen comprehensive texts that ought to be in every college

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