Handbook of Antibiotics. By A L. BARON. Reinhold Publishing Corporation, New York, 1950. viii 303 pp. 15.5 x 23.5 cm. Price $6.50. This book is designed t o meet the needs of anyone requiring information on the methods of production, chemistry, toxicity, bacteriology, and pharmacology of the numerous antibiotic substances which had been isolated and studied prior to the middle of 1949. This information, in general, appears in the form of a running outline, with tables and statistical summaries reduced t o the basic facts. The individual antibiotics are treated in alphabetical sequence, which adds to the usefulness of the book as a reference to the over-all status of a particular antibiotic. The author describes the type of data compiled as primarily “basic” information relating more or less directly to the subjects of antibiotics themselves rather than the application in applied and theoretical fields. The usefulness of the book is enhanced by a chapter on the certification of antibiotics by Henry Welch of the Division of Antibiotics of the Federal Security Agency, Food and Drug Administration, and a chapter by Walter J. Derenberg on the selection and registration of trademarks for antibiotics. A useful table of existing registrations for basic antibiotics, compiled by Mr. Derenberg, Trademark Counsel, of the U. S. Patent Office is also included. Dr. Baron’s book is well documented with basic references to the original literature on each antibiotic discussed and it includes a table of antibioticproducing organisms, a n author index, and an index of organisms mentioned in the text. The book is recommended as a quick source of information on any of the known antibiotics.
Soybeans and Soybean Products. Vol. I. Edited by KLARE S. MARICLEY. Interscience Publishers, Inc., New York, 1950. xvi 540 pp. Illustrated. 15.5 x 24 cm. Price $11. Originally the publishers of Soybeans and Soybean Products planned a single volume to cover thii extensive subject in a comprehensive manner. It soon became apparent, however, that a single volume would be unwieldy, and a decision was reached to publish the work in two volumes of approximately equal size. When one considers the development of the soybean as a n agricultural crop between 1925 and the present time, and the new industries created through the technological utilization of this legume, the extent of the present volume and the one contemplated is not surprising. Soybeans and Soybean Products is the result of a cooperative effort by 26 authors and the editor. Volume I includes 14 of the 25 chapters planned for the book when completed. A notion of the extent of the first volume can perhaps best be conveyed by indicating the coverage of the three sections, the chapters included in each, and the names of the authors contributing one or more chapters.
A. Production. 1. History of Soybean Production (W. J. Morse). 2. World Soybean Production and Trade (E. L. Burtis).
B. Structure and Composition. 3. Structure and Genetic Characteristics of the Soybean (L. F. Williams). 4. Chemical Composition of Soybean Seed (W. J. Morse). 5. Chemical Composition of Soybean Oil (B. F. Daubert). 6. Chemical Characteristics of Soybean Oil (Stewart T. Bauer). 7. Physical Properties of Soybean Oil (M. E. Jefferson). 8. Proteins and Other Nitrogenous Constituents (Sidney J. Circle). 9. Other Constituents of the Soybean (B. F. Daubert). 10. Nutritive Factors in Soybean Products (H. H. Mitchell).
C. Processing. 11. Grading and Evaluation of Soybeans and Derived Products (Egbert B. Freyer). 12. Handling and Storage of Soybeans (Leo E. Holman). 13. Biological Processes in Stored Soybeans (Max Milner). 14. Mechanical Processing of Soybeans (Louis F. Langhurst). Volume I of Soybeans and Soybean Products is well documented and the printing and binding is typical of the usual high standards early established and always maintained by Interscience Publishers, Inc. The pagination will be continuous through the two volumes and a n index to both volumes will be included in the second volume, which will be published sometime in the near future.
Pharmacological Basis of Penicillin Therapy. B y KARLH. BBYER. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, Spriugfield, Ill., 1950. xv 214 pp. 14 x 22.5 cm. Price $4.50. The purpose of this monograph, according to the author, has been to present briefly the pharmacological basis of penicillin therapy in a concise and reasonably complete form. An examination of the book is convincing proof that Dr. Beyer has accomplished his purpose. I n chapters 1 and 2, much of the basic pharmacology pertaining to absorption, distribution, and inactivation of penicillin has been summarized and clearly presented. In chapter 3 the mode of action of penicillin involving the two current philosophies of dosage regime in therapy are discussed. Chapter 4 is devoted entirely t o a discussion of the repository penicillin preparations. Chapters 5, 6, and 7 deal with the renal elimination of