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June 12, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(24):1838-1840. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670500026011

The basic sciences on which medicine is founded have assumed individual prominence at different times. Much medical research at present, if concerned with fundamentals and not with purely superficial aspects, requires the resources of chemistry. Within recent years, especially, this science has aided in many of the important advances in medicine. In his little book, "Chemistry and Recent Progress in Medicine," Dr. Julius Stieglitz of the University of Chicago discusses the modern additions to therapeutics in the field of preparative chemistry and the chemical explanations furnished for some of the bodily functions and processes.

Among the new drugs, ethylene has been exceedingly prominent. A substance long known to chemistry is suddenly shown to possess therapeutic value. New drugs for special phases of the treatment of syphilis are being proposed from time to time, usually chemical modifications of arsphenamine. Sulpharsphenamine and tryparsamide are examples of this group.

The antiseptic properties of