Handbook of basic microtechnique. 3rd edition

Handbook of basic microtechnique. 3rd edition

150 BOOK REVIEWS Benzene and its derivatives; Polycyclic Hydrocarbons; Heterocycles; Steric Effects; Organic Ions and Free Radicals; Sulfur and Pho...

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Benzene and its derivatives; Polycyclic Hydrocarbons; Heterocycles; Steric Effects; Organic Ions and Free Radicals; Sulfur and Phosphorus Compounds; Ligand-Field Complexes ; Fluorescence and Phosphorescence; Theory ; Spectra of Inorganic Quantitative Analyses and the Determination of Equilibrium Constants. The book is well organized and well written. Many of the topics discussed are illustrated by excellent detailed diagrams. A very helpful glossary with spectral definitions is included. The book will prove of interest to organic and analytical chemists and spectroscopists who wish to familiarize themselves with the principles on which the theory of ultraviolet spectrophotometry is based. It should give the worker in the field of spectroscopy a real insight into the interpretation of ultraviolet spectra. MILTON


U.S. Vitamin

& Pharmaceutical

Corp., Yonkers, New York

Handbook of Basic Microtechnique. 3rd Edition. By PETER GRAY. McGrawHill, New York, 1964. xii + 302 pp. $7.95. This is the third edition of the handbook, intended primarily for the student, to supplement Gray’s Microtomist’s Formulary and Guide.” Like the first two editions, this one is subdivided. There are four parts--The Microscope, The Preparation of Microscope Slides, Specific Examples of Slide Making, and Recommended Techniques. This fourth part is new and offers “. . . suggestions for both the source and the technique to be used in demonstrating a wide variety of anatomical, histological, and cytological details of both animals and plants.” Although the author makes it plain that the entire book is an abbreviation of the standard work mentioned, only the fourth section is truly abbreviated. The other sections are sufficiently explicit for all practical purposes, the directions being clear and concise and the ample illustrations almost self-explanatory. In general, the author has done what he set out to do-written a handbook which will be useful to the student and to which he will doubtless refer throughout his career. DAvm B. SABINE, U.S. Vitamin

G Pharmaceutical

Identification of Materials via Physical Microscopy. By A. A. BENEDETTI-PICELER.

Properties, Academic


Yonkers, N.Y.

Chemical Tests, and Press, New York,


xi + 492 pp. $18.00. The late Dr. A. A. Benedetti-Pichler was internationally known as one of the leading exponents of microtechniques; and this book shows the same clarity, breadth of scope, and painstaking attention to detail that has characterized all his work. He states in his introduction that “it is impossible to ever present a complete practical scheme of qualitative analysis between the covers of a book” and then goes on to do just that. The book is so well arranged and the directions so clear and precise that anyone with scientific training could perform the tests, even making much of the apparatus. Dr. Benedetti-Pichler was justly noted for the ingenuity and simplicity of his many devices for doing more and more with less and less. The book is full of them and this reviewer was impressed all over again with the author’s genius.