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Electrokinetic Phenomena and their Application to Biology and Medicine

    Abstract

    DR ABRAMSON'S monograph is planned partly on historical principles. In his first chapter he records the discovery of the phenomena classified by colloid chemists as capillary-electrical or electrokinetic, namely, the flow of fluid past a wall and the movement of a small particle caused by an electric current, and the converse phenomena, referred to as the flow potential, set up by the movement of liquids through porous diaphragms. In the second chapter, he describes the correlation between these phenomena and potentials at surfaces, worked out by Helmholtz and by Smoluchowski. More recent work, based on the conception that an ion atmosphere is present at the surface, due to Gouy and to Debye and Hückel, is recorded in the fourth chapter.

    Electrokinetic Phenomena and their Application to Biology and Medicine.

    By Dr. Harold A. Abramson. (American Chemical Society, Monograph Series, No. 66.) Pp. 331. (New York: The Chemical Catalog Co., Inc., 1934.) 7.50 dollars.

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