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September 20, 1924

Organic Arsenical Compounds.

JAMA. 1924;83(12):943. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660120059036

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This is another contribution to the excellent series of monographs written under the direction of the American Chemical Society. The authors have had wide experience in the preparation of arsenicals, and much influence in establishing confidence in American-made arsphenamin, particularly in the trying days of the German embargo on "Salvarsan." The number of known organic arsenic compounds extends into the thousands, yet not more than one occurs in Nature; the remainder are the results of the ingenuity of the chemist. Probably there is no other element that has been the subject of more extensive chemical, biologic and chemotherapeutic investigations. In fact, this one branch of chemistry has developed at such a rate in the last ten years that there has been great need for an authoritative treatise on the arsenicals. And such a book has been ably written by Raiziss and Gavron. The compounds are described clearly, yet concisely. Structural

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