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Chemical Constitution and Physiological Action

Nature volume 96, page 675 (17 February 1916) | Download Citation



THIS modern branch of treatment is based upon organic chemistry, and in the synthetic preparation of remedies a knowledge of the relationship between chemical constitution and physiological action is obviously necessary. This knowledge, however, is not so advanced that it is possible to foretell what change in a drug's action will be produced by the introduction into it, or the removal from it, of certain organic radicals (alkyls, carboxyl, etc.). Certain chemists take a different view, and hold that data have sufficiently accumulated to warrant such predictions, and the little book under review is written from that point of view.

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