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September 27, 1952

A Text-Book of Inorganic Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

JAMA. 1952;150(4):433. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680040175034

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The issuance of new editions of the "Pharmacopeia of the United States" and the "National Formulary" has made a new edition of this classic work necessary. Despite the omission of material on obsolete methods of manufacture and of much material on organometallic compounds that do not owe their pharmacologic properties to an inorganic element, the fifth edition is 144 pages longer than the fourth. The added material includes: new pharmaceuticals, brief explanations of the methods of assaying individual drugs, more descriptions of commercial methods for their manufacture, and lengthier treatment of their chemical and pharmacologic properties. The chapter on radioactivity and radioactive elements is much longer. In it there is a useful table of stable and radioactive isotopes that have been used in tracer studies, originally published in William E. Siri's "Isotopic Tracers and Nuclear Radiations with Applications to Biology and Medicine," New York, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1949. The

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