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August 24, 1940

Chemistry and Medicine: Papers Presented at the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Founding of the Medical School of the University of Minnesota

JAMA. 1940;115(8):640. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810340068042

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This volume is made up of a series of fourteen lectures presented by as many specialists covering individual fields of interest. The task of the editor cannot therefore have been irksome, for each of the authors has presented a complete thesis, individual in style, simple enough to be comprehensible by the nonspecialist but comprehensive and intensive enough to satisfy the specialist. This diversity of presentation makes the book entertaining and intriguing. The first section, comprising three lectures, has to do with physical chemistry in medicine and covers colloid chemistry, osmosis and renal function. The second section includes three papers on vitamins, fat in nutrition, and blood clotting. The third section covers four special aspects of of immunity and chemotherapy. The last part contains four papers on the chemistry of nerve function. It would be impossible to discuss in any detail the contents of these lectures. Taken collectively they illustrate both

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