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October 8, 1938

Medizinische Chemie für den klinischen und theoretischen Gebrauch

JAMA. 1938;111(15):1404. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790410060034

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This book is a compilation of the methods used in medical chemistry. The authors state that it is not for beginners, an acquaintance with the various methods being assumed. The book is divided into an "inorganic" and an "organic" section. The original reference to each method, as well as a short criticism of the method, is given. A bibliography concerning modifications of the various methods is given at the end of each section. This volume is a good reference book for those interested in the procedures used in the clinical laboratory. Since, however, many chemical methods in medical chemistry are continuously being improved, one finds some of the methods already somewhat antiquated. For example, the preparation of the sample for lead analysis is too long and unduly intricate. They use carbon tetrachloride as the solvent for dithizone. Chloroform is preferable because it is a better solvent for the dye and

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