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October 27, 1951

Introductory Chemistry for Students of Home Economics and Applied Biological Sciences.

JAMA. 1951;147(9):907. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670260109045

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This appears to be an excellent elementary textbook in general chemistry, including biological chemistry. However, its scope, examples, and illustrations are so strongly slanted toward women specializing in foods, nutrition, or textiles—women who probably will have no other course in chemistry—that one wonders why students of applied biological sciences are mentioned in the subtitle. Surely student nurses could be taught better from one of the existing textbooks slanted toward nursing. The following serious error appears on page 121: "The rate at which a radioactive element disintegrates depends on the concentration of the element present...."

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