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May 15, 1937

Geschichte der physiologischen Chemie

JAMA. 1937;108(20):1741-1742. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780200063033

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The history of physiologic chemistry is presented in two main sections and from two different points of view. In the first part are the usual historical development of chemistry— the chemistry of the ancients, the iatrochemical and phlogiston periods, and then chapters on Lavoisier to Berzelius, Liebig and his contemporaries in Germany, the great French chemists of the nineteenth century and the great German chemists of the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, the sources for the periods prior to the nineteenth century are the usual histories of chemistry. It would seem that more use of original ancient, medieval and eighteenth century literature would have opened up many household, agricultural, medical and industrial practices, customs and superstitions of special biochemical interest in the light of present knowledge. The second part is not so much a history of the science as a chronologically arranged descriptive treatment of twelve special subdivisions of biochemistry. These chapters

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