Organic Reactions

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THE series issued under the title of "Organic Reaction" with Prof. Roger Adams, of the University of Illinois, as editor-in-chief, quickly established itself as a standard source of reliable and comprehensive accounts of the more important type reactions of organic chemistry. These accounts are both critical and capable of rapid application in the laboratory, and as such are great time-savers in organic chemical research work. The fourth volume follows the general plan of its predecessors. The articles, written by experts with first-hand knowledge of the reactions in question, deal with the Diels–Alder reaction, the preparation of amines by reductive alkylation, the acyloins, the synthesis of benzoins,the synthesis of benzoquinones by oxidation, the Rosenmund reduction of acid chlorides to aldehydes,and the Wolff–Kishner reduction. There are accompanying tables of specific compounds which are shown in the literature as having been prepared by or sub jected to the reactions concerned. As usual, the volume has been produced in first-class style. It can be commended unreservedly to research workers in organic chemistry and to advanced students of the subject.

Organic Reactions

Edited by Roger Adams. Vol. 4. Pp. viii+428. (New York: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.; London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1948. ) 36s. net.

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READ, J. Organic Reactions. Nature 163, 786 (1949) doi:10.1038/163786d0

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