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January 19, 1952

Preparation, Properties, and Technology of Fluorine and Organic Fluoro Compounds

JAMA. 1952;148(3):240. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930030076028

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The 40 papers by various authors that are published in this volume show the development in the United States during World War II of plant-scale methods for synthesizing fluorine, hydrogen fluoride, and a number of organic fluoro compounds. The last named are used as lubricants and as diffusion media in plants separating uranium isotopes. The physiological effects of fluorine are treated on pages 149-50, and safety precautions to be taken in handling it on pages 150-53. Analogous information for hydrogen fluoride and the organic fluoro compounds is lacking, perhaps because the properties of the first are well known and because the latter are chemically (and probably physiologically) inert. Chemists may be fascinated with this volume, but there is little in it of general interest to physicians.

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