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January 9, 1937

Chemie und Technik der Gegenwart

JAMA. 1937;108(2):143. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780020061029

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The author of this treatise has attempted to cover the extremely difficult subjects of the chemistry of vitamins and hormones in the brief compass of a hundred page book. Considering the limitations of space and the voluminous literature on the subject, he has managed to include a surprising amount of valuable information; those desiring such a brief summary will find this book useful. Certain phases of the material considered here are more adequately presented elsewhere, in particular that relating to the sterols (vitamin D, estrogens, androgens, progesterone and the like); the recently published American monograph on the latter subject by Fieser (Chemistry of Natural Products Related to Phenanthrene, reviewed in The Journal, Aug. 29, 1936) is unsurpassed in any language. However, for a brief and graphic presentation of the broad fields of vitamins and hormones Bredereck's condensation may be recommended, provided the limitations of brevity are kept in mind.

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