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April 21, 1917

A Laboratory Manual of Organic Chemistry for Medical Students.

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(16):1208. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270040196031

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There has been a tendency to differentiate between chemistry as ordinarily taught and chemistry for medical students, although it is debatable whether or not the elementary courses in chemistry should differ for various students. Dr. Steel's book is the development of the instructions given to the students in Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn. Not only are the various properties of organic compounds discussed, but the subject is presented in such a manner as to classify the book almost as a qualitative organic analysis. One objection which might arise is that the student who follows the "practical course," as outlined by Steel, may lack some of the essential technical operations which he would otherwise have obtained when taking the usual laboratory course in organic chemistry, in which more or less elaborate synthetics are prepared. Steel, like many authors of laboratory manuals, seems to think that it is an added advantage to

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