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April 1933

Physical Chemistry for Students of Biology and Medicine.

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By David I. Hitchcock. Cloth. Price, $2.75. Pp. 182. Springfield, Ill.: Charles C. Thomas, 1932.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1933;51(4):642. doi:10.1001/archinte.1933.00150230157017

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Dr. Hitchcock presents discussions of many of the fascinating aspects of physical chemistry which have come to have direct applications to medical and biologic problems: membrane equilibria, enzyme action, equilibria in blood, the colloidal state, etc. While the handling of the subject is in a sense elementary and hence an old story to the expert, the criticism may be made that the reasoning is not developed in enough detail to make matters clear to the average physician or medical student. Over and over again one comes face to face, unexpectedly, with quite complicated mathematical formulas, evidently of obvious simplicity to the writer, but difficult for the reviewer. Perhaps some one can be persuaded to write as a prelude to this book another one in which the necessary mathematics is developed.

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