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(1) Modern Organic Chemistry (2) Practical Organic Chemistry (3) The Elements of Organic Chemistry (4) Abhandlung über die Glycole oder Zuvei atomige Alkohole

Nature volume 81, pages 6465 (15 July 1909) | Download Citation



(1) TO anyone possessing a sound elementary A knowledge of organic chemistry we car strongly recommend Dr. Keane's book. It is not a text-book, for there is no systematic arrangemen of the materials, and the properties of individual substances and the relations of different groups are not brought into relief. If, for example the student wishes to learn something about ordinary phenol, he will find bits of scattem information in four different places. Systematic instruction is obviously not the object of the book. But although the treatment is unconventional, and frequent digressions are made into regions not usually embraced by organic text-books, this very fact rather enhances than detracts from the interest of the volume. The subject is brought into touch with other branches of the science. Thus, under hydrocarbons, we read a little about thermochemistry; under aldehydes there is a reference to autoxidation; under acids there are a few words about steric hindrance; under ethereal salts (a rather antiquated term) a short account is given of mass action, and so forth. In addition to this there are separate chapters on laboratory methods, stereochemistry, the sugars, dynamic isomerism, heterocyclic compounds, and the physiological properties of organic compounds.

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