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March 2, 1935

Eléments de chimie organique biologique: Introduction chimique à l'étude de la biologie générale

JAMA. 1935;104(9):773. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760090077031

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This is an encyclopedic presentation of the structural relations and properties of organic compounds of biologic importance or interest. The fundamental facts and reactions of elementary organic chemistry are not presented but most of these reactions are applied in developing the evidence for the structural formulas for the numerous substances under consideration. This evidence is given in the usual manner, however, without any emphasis on the quantitative character of the reaction involved. In common with most textbooks in organic chemistry, this volume is inaccurate on the biologic aspects; thus, the synthesis of carbohydrates and amino acids in plants, the true nature of hormones and their action and the origin and fate of the organic compounds are treated too simply. Insulin is simply considered as a protein without any suggestion as to the incompleteness of present knowledge of its composition. The testis hormone is stated as having been separated in crystalline

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