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In the first edition the author made an admirable attempt to refer to the medical uses of various compounds throughout the book—in this edition he continues to do so. The reader must not expect detailed or elaborate discussions of medical applications of compounds; in many instances one or two sentences are considered sufficient. The general topics are presented in the manner conventional for organic chemistry. The opening section on aliphatic chemistry is followed by the section on aromatic chemistry, of which the last few chapters are devoted to quick summary reviews of subjects of more interest to the physician. The chapter on alkaloids carries a number of structural formulas; one short chapter is devoted to glycosides, enzymes, hormones and vitamins. There is even one chapter devoted to the topic chemistry of the human body, which has a short section of interest concerning the effects of the chemical groups in an
Textbook of Organic Chemistry. JAMA. 1945;129(16):1132. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860500064034
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