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October 11, 1941

Spectrochemical Abstracts. Vol. 11: 1938-1939

JAMA. 1941;117(15):1304-1305. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820410082043

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Spectrochemical Abstracts should be present in every laboratory employing or interested in the application of spectrographic methods. One hundred and sixty-five literature abstracts are presented. The most valuable section gives reviews of ten books and reviews of abstracts, general papers, charts and labels which appeared during 1938 to 1939. The bibliographic material is arranged in two parts, part I giving authors and references and part II brief descriptions of contents and explaining methods and results obtained. The booklet is a continuation of the "Spectrochemical Abstracts 1936-1937" edited by Twyman. It is noteworthy that spectrographic methods are more and more applied in problems related to biology and medicine. The job of the "urine tester" has been passed to the highly trained and skilled technician who identifies porphyrins and other substances in the urine with equal precision as when asked to examine a few strands of hair for arsenic. Murder cases are

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