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Consulting the first edition of Neurath and Bailey before 1960 was like meeting an old friend. Some things had been forgotten and some were new, but the chief characteristics were familiar. With the rapid progress in protein biochemistry in the last few years, however, the first edition has become more like a collection of the famous men of history, enjoyable to know of and comforting to read about, but not necessarily of help with immediate problems. This second edition has effected the resurrection.
Volume I opens with Light and Smith's chapter on amino acid analysis. The freedom from jargon is refreshing in a contribution of this type, and the literature through early 1962 is critically evaluated. Hofmann and Katsoyannis' account of biologically active peptides will be of particular interest to endocrinologists and to those working with hypertension.
Four of the chapters in the two volumes are written by a single
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