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September 2, 1939

Thorpe's Dictionary of Applied Chemistry

JAMA. 1939;113(10):969. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800350079040

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Widespread approval of earlier editions of Thorpe predicates interest in this second volume of the newly revised dictionary. Eighty-two contributors who have an intimate, practical knowledge of their subjects collaborated in its compilation. The authors continue the plan adopted in the first volume. Again they have inserted a number of monographs on fundamental topics and have retained carefully revised articles descriptive of leading industries. Information concerning chemical industries is based largely on British enterprise. The extensive section on chemical analysis (170 pages) contains nicely summarized material on qualitative and quantitative methods. Subtopics, such as colorimetric analysis, electrochemical analysis, gas analysis, microchemistry, physical methods in analysis, and special reactions, serve to round out the subject. Adequate references to the original literature indicate the thorough manner in which each subject is considered. The complete dictionary will serve as an interesting and authoritative source of chemical information for both the chemist and the

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