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April 2, 1932

Nucleic Acids.

JAMA. 1932;98(14):1213-1214. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730400091039

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The subject matter in this monograph is presented in an entertaining, systematic and accurate style and from the historical point of view because, as the authors state in their preface, the progress in our knowledge on nucleic acids is largely through "paths of error and controversy" and that "it would be an injustice to many if the monograph contained only the views that seem correct today." All the essential details on the chemistry of carbohydrates, imidazole, pyrimidine bases, purine bases, and so on through the more complex units to the true nucleic acids are taken up in a uniformly systematic manner. Each chapter is devoted first to the organic chemistry of the group or individuals of the group; then follow the methods of preparation, specific properties, methods of separation, and the analytic and synthetic methods. The work of the master mind and hands is obvious throughout the monograph. The structural

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