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March 25, 1933

Organic Chemistry for Medical Students.

JAMA. 1933;100(12):993. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740120131036

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The author's preface clearly states that the purpose of this admirable summary of facts is to meet the special requirements of the medical student, as the ever increasing burden of the curriculum makes condensation of the essentials highly desirable. This purpose has been fulfilled. The work is highly condensed, is full of important facts, and presents the material in simple language. There is almost no discussion of chemical theory or of the electrical mechanisms of chemical reactions. Because of the absence of any discussion of theory, the book is particularly applicable as a textbook for teaching, when the instructor can supply this deficiency. As such a textbook, the work can be employed most profitably. No discussion has been made of colloids, of the relationships of changes in hydrogen ion concentration, and of dyes having medical significance. In view of the modern trend in biochemical investigations, these omissions are unfortunate. The

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