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Professor Bliss' Manual of Qualitative Chemical Analysis is neatly bound, well printed, and altogether very satisfactory as a "book." But as a "qualitative analysis" it is a disappointment—a disappointment because the subject-matter is not presented in the light of modern chemistry and contains many inaccuracies. In fact, this book cannot be termed a contribution to the study of chemistry, but rather a desire to label one's own name on a collection of well-known and, in some instances, archaic methods of qualitative tests. Incorporation of the tables of the U. S. P. preparations containing the elements discussed in Professor Bliss' book cannot be considered an important addition.
Medical students in qualitative analysis should be familiar with certain theories, such as the law of mass action applied to ionization, etc., in order to appreciate its value and service in the correct method of analysis. Professor Bliss gives only a few paragraphs to
A Laboratory Manual of Qualitative Chemical Analysis for Students of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy.. JAMA. 1915;LXIV(17):1444. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570430076030