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September 13, 1952

The Alkaloids: Chemistry and Physiology. Volume II

JAMA. 1952;150(2):165. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680020099032

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The first volume of this set was reviewed in The Journal Sept. 30, 1950. Volume II, like Volume I, is clear and thorough, and it, too, contains extensive tables listing the properties of alkaloids and their derivatives and degradation products. It also is confined to the chemistry of alkaloids. Physiological and pharmacologic properties will be covered in Volume V.

Volume II has chapters on the alkaloids related to morphine, Amaryllidaceae, acridine, indole, and Erythrina, and on sinomenine and colchicine. Most of the bibliographies list publications dated 1950, but still the editors "are apprehensive... that some chapters... [were] out of date at the time of printing." Extra chapters were added on morphine alkaloids and strychnine alkaloids while the book was being printed in an effort to meet this objection. The heavy paper and strong binding of this work guarantee it a long shelf life.

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