October 1931

The Development OF Physiological Chemistry in the United States.

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By Russell H. Chittenden. American Chemical Society, Monograph Series. Price, $6. Pp. 427. New York: The Chemical Catalog Company, Inc., 1930.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1931;48(4):718. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00150040186011

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This monograph constitutes an excellent review of the major part of the graduate instruction and more important investigative work in physiologic chemistry in most of the educational and research institutes in the United States. The historical treatment in the first part of the book clearly shows the influence of European training on the earlier physiologic chemists of the United States as well as the later and rapid growth of a new school, largely through the development of separate departments of physiologic chemistry or biochemistry in the larger institutions. The author later emphasizes that the subject of physiologic chemistry should be recognized and "treated as a pure science unhampered in its growth by any form of application," that it "should have perfect freedom to progress and expand in any and all directions without regard to possible applications" and that "applications will come fast enough as the science advances." Many phases of

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