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May 1938

Chemistry of the Brain.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1938;19(5):855-856. doi:10.1001/archopht.1938.00850170205023

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In this monograph an attempt is made to bring together the scattered results of innumerable workers in the field of the chemistry of the brain. The author's clinical and chemical experience has rendered him peculiarly fitted for writing a chemical treatise on this complex organ. Since the only other monograph of this kind is that of Thudichum, which was published in English in 1884 and in a revised edition in German in 1901, there is a distinct need for an orientation and a comprehensive summary in this neglected field. Because mental diseases are so common and are an extreme social and economic liability, it is surprising that the interest in the chemistry of the brain has not been more intense. More investigations have been made on cerebrospinal fluid than on brain, the basic tissue of neurology.

The monograph is divided into chapters covering the nature of the various constituents and

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