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October 16, 1943

Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry

JAMA. 1943;123(7):447. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840420059028

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One of few combination textbooks on organic and biologic chemistry, this is designed by the authors for use in premedical, predental, home economics, agricultural, dietetics and physical education curriculums. It may be well adapted for all except premedical courses, being too brief for adequate preparation in either the organic or the biochemical phases. Of the three parts, part I is devoted to a review of chemical fundamentals. These include the elements, atomic theory, structure of the atom, valence, ionization (from the Arrhenius theory), acids, bases and salts (according to classic theories) and solutions. Unfortunately, no mention is made of newer concepts of ionization or of acids and bases. Part II, of approximately five hundred pages, is devoted to organic chemistry, covering adequately all the topics usually found in an elementary organic textbook, with illustrations and special emphasis on compounds of biologic and medicinal interest. Amino acids are presented as uncharged

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