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Biologic chemistry is rapidly coming into its own as a distinct branch of the biologic sciences, instead of occupying its former suppressed position as either the handmaid of physiology or an ignoble offshoot of pure chemistry; in witness whereof we have the appearance within two or three years of new journals of biologic chemistry in America, England and Germany, as well as the newly formed and flourishing Society of Biological Chemists. One of the several reasons for the tardy advance of biologic chemistry was the ineffective and unsatisfactory methods of analysis that were available for the study of the highly complex substances with which this science has to deal; consequently its rapid development in the last few years has been associated with and largely the result of improvements in analytical methods. The "Handbuch der Biochemie," therefore, has the important function of collecting these analytical methods from their scattered sources in
Handbuch der Biochemie der Menschen und der Tiere.. JAMA. 1908;LI(2):147–148. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02540020059018