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September 11, 1948

Topics in Physical Chemistry: A Supplementary Text for Students of Medicine

JAMA. 1948;138(2):164-165. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900020060040

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The first sentence in this unique book is a quotation from Clerk Maxwell: "For the sake of persons of different types, scientific truth should be presented in different forms and should be regarded as equally scientific, whether it appears in the robust form and vivid colouring of a physical illustration, or in the tenuity and paleness of a symbolical expression." The choice of this sentence to head the preface is highly significant, for Professor Clark is aware not merely of the facts of physical chemistry; he is keenly aware of the medical reader. He knows what aspects of physical chemistry the medical student is generally assumed to understand thoroughly but which many students understand only superficially. Hence he includes a lucid and unexpected chapter on the standard chemical balance and another on measurements of volume. The author understands what information is important to the medical student and medical investigator. Hence

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