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Current text-books on chemistry may conveniently be divided into three classes: One class, the most numerous, is composed of those which were written ten, twenty or more years ago, and which have been patched up from one edition to the next in a more or less serious attempt to bring them in accord with modern chemical thought. One of these, a rather pretentious volume on "medical and pharmaceutical chemistry," of nearly a thousand pages, in its last edition devotes a single page to the modern solution theories, but subsequently does not again refer to them in a single instance. Another class contains the books which are hastily and crudely compiled from standard works by their authors, usually overworked teachers, for use by their own classes. Their preparation has its inception in the prospect of financial gain, in prestige to be gained, or because of a desire to present the subjects
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