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May 19, 1956

Chemistry and Human Health

JAMA. 1956;161(3):295. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970030113048

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Like most textbooks in general chemistry for students of nursing, this one concentrates on those aspects of inorganic, physical, and organic chemistry that are of most interest to these students and gives about half of the space to biochemistry. This textbook differs markedly from others, however, in its beautifully simple, precise, and lucid style. (This difference is probably accounted for by the fact that Dr. Asimov has "written 11 novels and 80 shorter pieces of fiction," to quote the dust jacket.) Pedagogic aids include an abridged table of contents at the head of each chapter; a full index; questions for the student at the ends of subsections and chapters and review questions at the ends of sections; judicious use of boldface and italic type; and generous use of tables, formulas, diagrams, and equations. All three authors teach chemistry to nurses. To their own experience they added that of other teachers

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