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September 1, 1923

The Spectroscope and Its Uses in General Analytical Chemistry.

JAMA. 1923;81(9):774. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650090072038

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"The object with which this book has been written," says the author, "is to fill a want which has hitherto been felt by the student of an intermediate textbook which will connect the ordinary treatises on general physics with the modern advanced works on the spectroscope. The spectroscope or the spectrograph today finds an application in a very large number of industrial processes. Remarkable progress has been made in extending the field of spectrography, or photography of the spectrum, largely rendered possible by the recent progress in the manufacture of photographic plates for scientific purposes. The spectroscope may now be made to yield, in skilled hands, quantitative results where formerly its use was more especially qualitative." The book is clear and concise, although the discussions are necessarily technical. Only one of the ten chapters is of interest to the medical worker, and this only to the specialist in roentgen-ray spectra

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