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July 28, 1945

Discovery of the Elements

JAMA. 1945;128(13):984. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860300074031

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Regardless of specialty, every one active in scientific fields is interested in various phases of history. The discovery of the elements provides no exception, and physicians, chemists and others should enjoy many sections in this book. It is the sort of thing which is useful in any library but will have added value in the libraries of teachers, research workers and the like. Included are twenty-seven chapters of discussions ranging from elements known to the ancient world to individual elements such as chromium, tungsten, tellurium and selenium, the inert gases, radioactive elements and more recently discovered elements. The index is adequate. There is a good appendix on chronology, a list of the chemical elements with their atomic number, symbol and 1943 atomic weight and an excellent list of illustrations. In fact, there are 349 illustrations. Many people regard the elements as comparatively recent discoveries, and yet some of the substances

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