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August 1943

Dictionary of Bio-Chemistry and Related Subjects.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1943;30(2):290. doi:10.1001/archopht.1943.00880200138023

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This book according to its editor in chief is "a pioneering effort . . . combining a mere alphabetical glossary with something resembling an encyclopedia . . . designed for readers of biochemical literature." The reviewer agrees with the statement that the book is "experimental." It contains too much antiquated and false information to enumerate in a short review. The encyclopedic parts to a large extent lack objectivity; the glossary is lacking in information.

A reader with ophthalmologic interests will find under the heading visual purple : "Rhodopsin: reddish purple pigment of retinal rods, see also Eye, Biochemistry of." In the chapter referred to, apparently based entirely on Krause's book (1934), he will find only this information on visual purple : "The role of visual purple in the rod-shaped cells of the retina is unique."

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