Book Notices Konstitution und Vorkommen der orgnnischcn PjEanzenstofe (exclusive Alkaloide). By W. KARRER. Birkaiiser I’erlag, Basel, Switzerland, 1958. 1207 pp. 16.5 x 23.5cm. Price sFr. 136. This book provides a comprehensive survey of plant substances which have been isolated as pure compounds. I t will make a search of the literature infinitely easier for any chemist working in the field of plant chemistry or others who have to deal frequently with problems of phytochemistry. The text, in general, gives the structural formula and the melting point and crystalline structure of each of the hundreds of compounds recorded. The literature cited is by no means all-inclusive, and this is not the intent of the author. References are usually restricted to the literature relating to the isolation of a pure compound, the establishment of its structural formula, and its first synthesis if it has been completely or partially synthesized. Where trivial names are available, as they are in most instances, systematic chemical names have not been given. The full structural formula provided for every compound, however, makes it possible t o derive the chemical name. The book is provided with a botanical index and an index of names of the compounds covered. The author is t o be commended for making the data he has collected available to his professional colleagues, and the publisher deserves a great deal of credit for undertaking the production of such a large and specialized work which probably will not be widely sold except t o university and institutional libraries.
tion on the content of cholesterol in the serum, in human tissues, and in animal tissues. The documentation seems t o be quite comprehensive, and the book is provided with an excellent subject index. I t should serve as a source of information on present-day research and suggest lines for future investigations relating to cholesterol and its functions.
Modern Manufacturing Formulary. By EMIL BELANGER. Chemical Publishing Co., Inc., New York, 1958. 399 pp. 14 x 21.5 cm. Price $10. This book seems t o be designed to appeal to individuals with little or no pharmaceutical or chemical background who may wish to enter some branch of the manufacturing industry. Hundreds of typical formulas for foods, drugs, and cosmetics are outlined, and many of them are not as modern as the title might lead the prospective reader to believe. Dispersion of Materials. By ROLT HAMMOND’ Philosophical Library, Inc., New York, 1958 ix 230 pp. 14 x 21.5 cm. Price $10. Crushing and grinding, classifying materials, fluidization, flotation, liquid dispersions, dispersion of gases and atmospheric pollution constitute the chapter headings in this book, which is designed to furnish basic information and as a reference book especially useful in the chemical industries.
Recent Progress i n Hormone Research. Vol. XIV. Edited by GREGORY PINCUS.Academic Press, Inc., New York, 1958. vi 582 pp. 15 x 23 cm. Price $13.50. A compilation of the papers presented a t the 1957 Laurentian Hormone Conference is included in this book. It is divided into fourteen chapters, and includes discussions ranging through specialized organic chemistry, cancer, sexual pathology, atherosclerosis, senescence, anxiety neuroses, and many other subjects of special interest in the field of endocrinology.
Insecticide Resistance i n Anthropods. By A. W. A. BROWN. World Health Organization, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 1958. 240 pp. 16 x 24 cm. Price E l 5s. $5. Sw. fr. 15. This excellent contribution of the World Health Organization constitutes another in its series of publications on insecticides and other pesticides. The book is divided into four chapters, the first of which discusses the nature and characterization of resistance. This is followed by chapters on taxonomic groups characteristically vectors t o man and taxonomic groups characteristically not vectors t o man. I n another chapter, several phases of resistance developed by the housefly are discussed in considerable detail.
Cholesterol. By DAVID KRITCHEVSKY. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1958. xi 291 pp. 15 x 23 cm. Price $9.75. In this book the author and the publisher have provided a single source of information on the chemistry, the biosynthesis, the absorption and transport, and the metabolism of cholesterol. In addition, cholesterol in disease states, blood cholesterol, and the analysis of cholesterol are adequately discussed in separate chapters. The value of the book is further enhanced by a n appendix of tabulated information on the physical characteristics of cholesterol and related sterols and derivatives of cholesterol. The appendix also provides informa-
Synthetic Methods of Organic Chemistry. Vol. XII. By W. THEILHEIMER. Interscience Publishers, Inc., New York, 1958. xvi 546 pp. 15 x 23 cm. Price $22.25. New methods for the syntheses of organic compounds, improvements of known methods, and also old improved methods scattered in periodicals are being recorded continuously in this series. Most of the references in Vol. XI1 concern papers published between 1955 and 1957. The index covers Vols. X I and XII, which constitute the first two of the third series. A limited number of revised entries to former volumes is included.