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September 27, 1952

Vinyl and Related Polymers: Their Preparations, Properties, and Applications in Rubbers, Plastics, Fibers, and in Medical and Industrial Arts.

JAMA. 1952;150(4):433. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680040175033

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Despite the words "medical... arts" in the subtitle, there is little in this excellent monograph to interest the physician. A few brief qualitative statements are made about toxicities of some of the monomers and of two types of polymers (orlon® [a new synthetic yarn] and polyisobutylenes). Several pages are devoted to methyl methacrylate dentures and to solutions of plastics as possible substitutes for blood plasma.

On the other hand, the rest of the subtitle is correct and the author has done a superb job of reviewing the world literature (patent, periodical, trade, and military), organizing his material, presenting it for the general technical reader, illustrating it, and indexing it. Many persons will be glad to have access to the trade names of so many plastics, synthetic rubbers, and synthetic fibers. The printing is excellent.

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