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May 14, 1955

Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. Volume 13: Stilbite to Thermochemistry

JAMA. 1955;158(2):149. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960020055032

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This 13th volume of the proposed 15 volume series covers those topics that alphabetically fall between the technical subjects stilbite and thermochemistry. There are an unusually large number of topics of direct medical interest. One of the opening discussions concerns stimulants and depressants of the nervous system and covers in 44 pages physiological significance, central nervous system stimulants and depressants, adrenergic stimulants and blocking agents, cholinergic stimulants, muscarine blocking agents, ganglionic blocking agents, skeletal neuromuscular blocking agents, and reflex agents and has an extensive bibliography. There are 56 pages on the Streptomyces antibiotics (streptomycin, chloramphenicol, neomycin, erythromycin, carbomycin, and biomycin). Each antibiotic is reviewed with respect to physical and chemical properties, preparation and manufacture, microbiological and pharmacological properties, specifications and assay, indications, and uses. There are brief discussions on the technology of the sulfonamides, surface-active agents, surgical dressings, surgical cultures, sweetening agents, and the three tetracyclines used in medicine. Of

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