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Practical Endocrinology. By LEWISM. HURXTHAL. McCraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1955. xii 318 pp. 14 x 21 cm. The general medical practitioner and the educated layman who is faced with endocrinological problems will find this handbook a most useful addition to his library. Like an abridged dictionary, this book has the benefit of being based largely upon the standard work published in 1950 by its author, together with Dr. Musulin. I t is clearly written and covers the subject adequately. Particularly useful are the two final chapters which discuss steroid and other hormones in general practice, as well as routine laboratory tests.
The Role df Hzimoral Agents i n Nervous Activity. By BRUNOMINZ. Charles C Thomas, Spring230 pp. 14.5 x 22.5 field, Illinois, 1955. viii cm. Price $7.75. Dr. Minz has for practically a quarter of a century been interested in the physiological and pharmacodynamic problems which are discussed in this, his latest, work. The book which in some ways takes us back to the days of the first medical school, that of Hippocrates, makes interesting reading because many of the problems concerning the various mechanisms of neurohumoral transmissions are highly controversial and the author contributes much that is original. The topic is, of course, slightly on the esoteric side and the book will, therefore, be of interest to a limited number of specialists. For them, it will have much value.
Canadian Cancer Conference. Vol. 1. Edited by R. W. BEEG. Academic Press Inc., New York, 1955. xii f 443 pp. 15.6 x 23 cm. Price $8.80 This book contains papers of varying length and import on selected subjects in the field of cancer research. The Conference which it covers was held during the summer of last year a t Honey Harbor, Ontario, and the speedy publication of its results is gratifying. The f i s t day of the meeting was devoted to experimental tumors, the second day treated on the effects of the tumor on its host, while the last two days were given over to a consideration of enzymes; nucleic acids; and ionizing radiation and its biological effects. The book is beautifully turned out and contains much important material, but like all books of this type, its reference value is reduced by the fact that it does not cover the entire subject systematically and the various articles are not indexed in the medical indexing literature such as the Current List or the Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus. Ion Exchange and Adsorption Agents i n Medicine. The Concept of Intestinal bionomics. By GusTAvE J. MARTIN. Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1955. Illustrated. vii 333 pp. 16.5 x 24.5 cm. Price $7.50. This book reviews the properties and uses of ion exchange and adsorption agents in medicine and presents the author’s contention, “as yet unsubstantiated by clinical observations, that all chronic degenerative disease has as an important com-
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ponent in its etiology the absorption from the intestine of small quantities of toxic chemicals.” The material in the text is offered as a first effort to explain and substantiate this contention. The text is divided under the following chapter headings: Ions and Solutions; The Chemistry of Anion Exchange Resins; The Chemistry of Cation Exchange Resins; Biochemical Applications of Ion Exchange Materials, Restricted to Those Underlying the Medical Applications; Anion Exchange Resins in the Treatment of Peptic Ulcers; Medical Applications of Cation Exchange Materials; Medical Applications of Combinations of Exchange Materials; Chemistry and Medical Applications of Nonresinous Ion Exchange and Adsorption Materials; Chemistry and Medical Applications of Chelatirig Agents; and The Concept of Intestinal Bionomics. The text is illustrated with tables and equations, and chapter-end references are given as well as a general index.
Les Gaz Inertes, L’HydrogZne, Les Halogens. By P. LAFITTEand H. BRUSSET. Masson et Cie., Paris-6”, 1955. 396 pp. 17.5 x 25 cm. Price (paper) 3.600 fr., (cloth) 1.200 fr. This book, in French, presents much infomation, with many tabulations of physical and thermodynamic data, on the inert gases, hydrogen, and the halogens. The usual preliminary material, such as a n historical review, is omitted from the text. Recent data such as nuclear reactions, radioactive halogens, tritium, and new fluorine derivatives are included. The book is considered to be intermediate between the classic textbook and the extensive treatise presentation of the material covered. References are included in the text material and a subject index is appended. Introduction to Theoretical Organic Chemistry. By P. H. HERMANS (Utrecht). Edited and revised by R . E. REEVES. Elsevier Press, Houston, 1955. xii 507 pp. 16.5 x 23.5 cm. Price $9.75. This book, first published in Dutch in 1952, presents the theoretical aspects of chemistry with particular emphasis on the relation t o organic rather than t o general or physical chemistry. Its usefulness at the pregraduate level is enhanced by explanations that are clear without going into higher mathematical derivations. The organic compounds are not considered as members of groups such as aliphatic, aromatic, protein, etc. ; and discussions are developed with relation to bond types, physical techniques and theories as applied t o the whole range of organic substances. The text is divided under the following chapter headings: The Structural Concepts of Classical Organic Chemistry and Their Limitations; The Geometry of Molecules ; Resume of Stereochemistry ; The Atom Model; The Bonding of A t o m to Form Molecules ; Electrical Polarizability and Polarity of Molecules; Molecules and Light Rays; Magnetic Properties of Molecules; Mass-Spectrometry; Attractions Between Molecules; Formation of Ions-Acids and Bases; Tautomerism ; Intramolecular Transformations; Reactions in which Carbonium-Ions Play a Part; Substitution on Carbon Atoms in AliDhatic Compounds; Addition