This book was written to serve as a textbook for the teaching of organic chemistry to students of pharmacy and medicine. In general, it is organized as are most textbooks of organic chemistry, treating the aliphatic hydrocarbons and their substitution products in the first chapters, followed by material on the aromatic hydrocarbons and their substitution products. Several chapters are devoted to the condensed nuclei and the various heterocyclic systems and a number of chapters deal with such special topics as alkaloids, proteins, enzymes, glycosides and resins.
Each of the chapters has a general introduction dealing with nomenclature and the general physical properties of the class involved, followed by sections on the preparation of the members of the class and the various group reactions. The unique feature of the textbook is that portion of each chapter which treats the chemistry of compounds found in the United States Pharmacopoeia, the National Formulary