The Halogenated Aliphatic, Oletinic, Cyclic, Aromatic, and Aliphatic-Aromatic Hydrocarbons Including the Halogenated Insecticides, Their Toxicity and Potential Dangers

By W. F. von Oettingen, M.D., Ph.D., National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases. Public Health Service Publication No. 414. 430 pp. Washington: Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, 1955, $2.50

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This volume represents a review of most of the important information that is available, at the present time, concerning the chemistry, analytical procedures, potential uses, investigative toxicology, clinical toxicology and the prophylaxis and treatment of poisonings by the new halogenated aliphatic hydrocarbons as well as certain cyclic and aromatic hydrocarbons. The book is indexed in a manner that is useful to both the chemist and the clinician. Although many of these compounds are not in every day household use, most of them represent real or potential hazards in industry and it can be anticipated that this book may become even more useful as these substances become more common. The information that is presented is factual and it is obvious that critical judgment has been exercised in reviewing the references. The book is well written and the subject is presented in an orderly manner. The material presented in this book should be useful to the chemist, the industrial hygienist and the physician.