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July 24, 1943

Dictionary of Bio-Chemistry and Related Subjects

JAMA. 1943;122(13):906. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840300066038

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Although dictionaries have formed an integral part of scientific libraries for years, they often are inadequate to meet the needs in special fields. The Dictionary of Bio-Chemistry is "designed for readers of biochemical literature who might want the definitions of terms used more than a decade ago as well as of terms just coined." The idea for such a dictionary is commendable; it is unfortunate that the book falls short of expectations. Many definitions are too brief to be of much value, a few unnecessarily long, some misleading. Undoubtedly many of these faults will be corrected before the next issue appears. The usefulness of the book then will be vindicated.

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