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September 21, 1940

Poisons: Their Isolation and Identification

JAMA. 1940;115(12):1046. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810380076041

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Here is a book that should be well received by the chemist who is occasionally called on to do the kind of work indicated by the title. Written by a man who was intimately acquainted with the problems that confront the chemist in medicolegal laboratories, the many methods and tests must have been subjected to practical laboratory trials. To the toxicologist it will be useful as a compact and systematic arrangement of the more important poisons with which he may come in contact. The chapter on the isolation and identification of alkaloids is especially good. The many tests that depend on color reactions are open to criticism. In the minds of many, the best that can be said for such tests is that they are indicative. Microchemical tests, especially descriptions of crystals obtained by microsublimation, could have been given more attention. Photomicrographs, though space consuming, would have been of assistance

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