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August 1946

Physical Chemistry of Cells and Tissues.

Am J Dis Child. 1946;72(2):241. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020310107010

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This is an excellent book for the specialist in the field of biophysical chemistry. The first section, of 90 odd pages, by Hitchcock, covers all of the fundamentals, such as diffusion in liquids, reaction velocity and enzyme action, elements of thermodynamics, electromotive force and properties of aqueous solutions, all stated in highly technical terminology but with little effort to interpret the significance of these phenomena in common terms for the reader who has a legitimate interest but lacks the technical training of the specialist.

The second section, of 120 pages, by Bateman, deals with large molecules and is much more readable. The third, fourth and fifth sections, by Höber, covering 138 pages, all deal with protoplasm, both mechanistically and as a living system, and are readily comprehensible by any one with minimum basic training.

The sixth section, by Goddard, covers phenomena of respiration in a manner in line with the

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