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July 11, 1925

An Introduction to Organic Chemistry.

JAMA. 1925;85(2):137. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670020054036

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This brief, readable textbook of organic chemistry is designed to cover both the theory of organic chemistry and some of the applications, especially those related to medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, agriculture and the biologic sciences. The volume does give a somewhat comprehensive view of the field as outlined; but, obviously, to cover all of the material in a rather limited space, the discussion on individual topics must be abbreviated somewhat. For instance, the reactions of the Grignard reagent are given incidentally in the chapter on alcohols: four equations arc given; two are type reactions and two are reactions illustrating specific examples. Subjects of a physical organic nature, such as the relation between structure and physical properties, are almost unmentioned. The equations are given in large type and are easy to follow. Whenever the benzene nucleus is involved, a hexagon represents it. This takes up considerable space, but the clarity is enhanced

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