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June 1, 1918

Lecithin and Allied Substances. The Lipins.

JAMA. 1918;70(22):1631. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600220053025

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This is another member of the valuable series of Monographs on Biochemistry, which have constituted such an important contribution to the literature of biologic chemistry and the related sciences. That the war has not prevented its publication is a credit to the publishers, and indicates that our allies are not permitting the light of science to die out during the conflict. In this series the properties of fats in general have been covered by Leathes, the present volume developing the subject of its title, which Leathes had considered only briefly. The fact that apparently every living cell contains lecithin and other fatlike substances of this class is sufficient evidence that they are of vital importance in vital processes, and hence of prime interest to all interested in biologic process, whether as physicians or biologists. These substances are referred to in medical literature with growing frequency, and yet Maclean finds it

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