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August 24, 1940

Science Front 1939

JAMA. 1940;115(8):639-640. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810340067040

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This book for lay readers gives a quick survey of scientific achievement in 1939. It is written in spritely and popular style but contains considerable organic chemistry and many structural formulas. Included are chapters on science and plant growth, with particular reference to the growth substances and rooting substances; progress in chemotherapy with special reference to the sulfanilamide group of drugs; a chapter on sex and steroids, which contains some statements and suggestions perhaps unsuitable for promulgation to lay readers at this time; a discussion of research in identifying the nature of living protein substances, including viruses; "the war against cancer"; insulin shock and metrazol treatment of schizophrenia, and a number of chapters of greater industrial and lesser medical interest, such as making oil from coal, progress in television, atom smashing, the quartz clocks, the polar aurora, "our view of the universe" and "the crazy liquid" helium II.

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