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August 1959

Amino Acids and Peptides with Antimetabolic Activity.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1959;104(2):343. doi:10.1001/archinte.1959.00270080169029

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This volume records the proceedings of a Ciba Foundation international symposium. The amino acids and peptides with biologic activity were under surveillance, and the discussions dealt especially with those having antimetabolic and cytotoxic properties. Twenty-nine participants, under the chairmanship of Prof. F. Bergel (Chester Beatty Research Institute, London), took part in either the formal presentations or the discussions.

Much attention was directed to the antibiotics. Particularly, this book will interest persons dealing with or interested in the chemotherapy of neoplastic diseases. While the presentations often dwelled upon the highly technical aspects of biochemistry, the discussions were broadened; then too, an array of related material was encompassed, and the book thus tends to balance toward biology and the clinical sciences.

The tables and illustrations are liberal and lucid; the print and format are good. The documenting references are from a broad literature. The book will find a useful place in a

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