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June 1, 1957

Out of the Test Tube: The Story of Chemistry

JAMA. 1957;164(5):618. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980050108037

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This book is intended to interest the layman in chemistry and to make him more appreciative of the part this science plays in daily life. The various chapters make light, interesting reading, for the author chooses his examples from experiences familiar to everyone. The author covers briefly such topics as chemical warfare, hydrogen, water, inert gases, insects, dyes, sugar, and fats. It is doubtful whether the physician would find much in the book that is new. The last edition appeared in 1943. The facts and figures have been brought up to date, but otherwise the book is little changed from the previous edition. A chapter on atomic power has replaced a chapter on postwar chemistry.

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