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A Text-book of Organic Chemistry

Nature volume 110, page 602 (04 November 1922) | Download Citation



BERNTHSEN'S text-book; in its English translation, has proved of great value to students. It is therefore satisfactory to note that the new English edition has been carefully revised and large sections dealing with important recent advances in the science added, as well as numerous small supplementary paragraphs in the old text. For a book of this character the minor errors noted are surprisingly few, and are obvious to the reader. One important omission may be noted: on p. 78 it is stated that methyl alcohol “acts as an intoxicant like ethyl alcohol,” without a word as to the very deleterious physiological action of methyl alcohol. The printing and get-up are excellent, but the binding is too weak for students' use. The moderate price of the book, as well as the clear and accurate character of its contents, will ensure its continued popularity among students. The very full references to physical properties make it also a handy book of reference in the laboratory.

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