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January 22, 1949

X-Ray Diffraction Studies in Biology and Medicine

JAMA. 1949;139(4):270. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900210076044

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This book is the first comprehensive survey on roentgen ray diffraction studies in biology and medicine. The information gathered by the authors indicates that the true amorphous state is rarely encountered and that many biologic materials such as muscles and nerves, which might be expected to show complete randomness of structure, yield roentgen ray diffraction patterns indicative of systematic arrangement. Valuable information on carbohydrates, amino acids and their derivatives, proteins, nucleoproteins, lipids, steroids, bones, teeth and concretions is revealed by the diffraction studies of the authors and others. A large bibliography is included.

Mathematical treatment is held to a minimum.

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