WHEN this book was first published in 1930 it was not generally appreciated how useful organic solvents were and how wide their application could be. Since then they have become of prime importance, and their manufacture is an important section of the fine chemical industry. This little book has undoubtedly contributed to their use; it gives just the required amount of information in detail about each of them, as well as a general section about their behaviour in general. Organic solvents have adverse as well as useful properties: they are toxic and have a considerable fire risk. Workers with them risk chronic poisoning, so that guidance in their use is required: the book contains the necessary information including the relevant data regarding critical concentrations. Similar data are given for the explosive limits of the various substances.


    By Dr. Thos. H. Durrans. (Monographs on Applied Chemistry, Vol. 4.) Fifth edition, revised and enlarged. Pp. xii + 202. (London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1944.) 17s. 6d. net.

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    Solvents. Nature 154, 256 (1944).

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