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Book Review Physical Principles and Techniques of Protein Chemistry Part A. From the Molecular Biology series. An International Series of Monographs and Textbooks. Edited by S. J

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same or similar in all languages and that in order to
understand scientific articles it is more important to know
the field of science than to be familiar with the language.
The peculiarities of the following languages, collected in
language groups, are described in- a space of 64 pages:
Italian, French, Romanian, Spanish, Portuguese (Romance group) ; Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian,
German (Germanic group) ; Hungarian, Finnish, Czech,
Polish, Russian (Slavic group) ; Japanese. Examples of
texts are given for each language, with explanations.
Special space is devoted to the introductions to the
peculiarities of Russian and Japanese (presentation of the
Russian alphabet, table of the Japanese Katakana and
Hiragana [phonetic characters]). The 74 page Appendix
consists of a multilingual vocabulary of the words of
greatest importance to the chemist, and a list of Chinese
characters used in Japanese texts for words such as acid,
atom, to boil, etc. Despite the tips given by the author,
it will not be easy to obtain information in this way,
particularly since abstracting periodicals present the
information in a more easily understandable manner,
and there is a growing tendency for the journals to include
English summaries of the articles. However, the book
should be useful to the reader who is interested in
Christian Weiske [NB 954 IE]
Physical Principles and Techniques of Protein Chemistry,
Part A. From the Molecular Biology series. An International Series of Monographs and Textbooks. Edited
by S . J . Leach, Academic Press, New York-London
1969. 1st Edit., xii, 530 pp., numerous figures, S 24.00.
Some fifty years’ research into proteins has resulted not
only in an increase of knowledge of their structure and
function, but also in an extension of the methods used
for their study. In addition to chemical and biochemical
methods, physical methods are being used with increasing
success. Although in many cases only an expert can
master them, some degree of familiarity with their physical
foundations, their range of applications, and in particular
with the interpretation of the results obtained is a
necessity for any chemist working in the protein and
peptide fields. Any new information source is desirable,
and for this very reason this collection of papers under
the editorship of S. J . Leach is to be welcomed.
The present volume (Part A) contains: 1. Electron microscopy of globular proteins (E. M. Slayter) ; 2. X-Ray
methods (D.B. Fraser and T. P . MacRae); 3. UV
absorption (J. W . Donovan) ; 4. Fluorescence of proteins
(R. F . Chen, H . Edelhoch, and R . F. Steiner); 5. Perturbation and flow techniques (B. H. Haysteen) ; 6. Dielectric
relaxation ( S . Takashima) ; 7. Electrical birefringence
and dichroism ( K . Yoshioka and H. Watanabe); 8. Electrophoresis (R.J. Cann) ; 9. Analytical gel filtration
( D .J. Winzer).
Both the authors and the editor have succeeded in taking
into account the current significance of the methods under
discussion. Practical hints are given even for the methods
used by non-speciaiists, and specific methods, where the
greatest emphasis is on the range of applications, are
carefully distinguished. The way in which the articles
are distributed between the two volumes is somewhat
less satisfactory ; the present reviewer would have thought
it more logical to collect related topics (e.g. spectroscopy)
into one volume.
It will only be possible to estimate the importance of
the book for scientific work when the second volume
has appeared. In the meantime we can certainly say
that a good and profitable book has been added to
the “Molecular Biology” series
Karel Blaha [NB 946 IE]
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