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January 7, 1939

The Chemistry of the Amino Acids and Proteins

JAMA. 1939;112(1):79. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800010081025

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Abstract

It is a surprising fact, considering the important part which proteins play in all types of biologic phenomena, that there are so few books, especially in English, dealing with this important class of substances. One reason for this lack of satisfactory books on the subject is undoubtedly that most of the work on the physicochemical properties of amino acids and proteins, which forms the basis for modern protein chemistry, has been done within the last twenty years. Another reason is that the subject is so vast, and is developing so rapidly, that there are few persons competent to handle it adequately. In this volume the latter difficulty has been surmounted by dividing the work among sixteen contributors whose scientific interests lie in the field of amino acids and proteins. The book contains eighteen chapters, many of which are further subdivided into numerous sections. The broad scope of the work may

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