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September 1916

The Physiology of the Amino-Acids.

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By Frank P. Underhill, Ph.D., Professor of Pathological Chemistry, Yale University, New Haven: Yale University Press. Price, $1.35 net.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1916;XVIII(3):428. doi:10.1001/archinte.1916.00080160141008

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In his preface the author very justly emphasizes the urgent need for a book or monograph on this subject. He has written a summary for the "busy practitioner and others whose resources for consulting original communications are limited." Professor Underhill has carefully analyzed the existing literature and has produced a work which, in a very concise but thorough manner, brings out the most important facts concerning the proteins and amino-acids. The successive chapters deal with the derivation of amino-acids from proteins, the digestion, absorption and excretion of the amino-acids, and their relation to the organism in health and disease. The mere lists of amino-acids and their formulas and other matter which it is a question of "mental gymnastics" to memorize and which serve for necessary reference only are quickly disposed of, and the following chapters on the physiologic and pathologic chemistry of these substances unfold themselves in

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