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Cytology and Cell Physiology

JAMA. 1952;148(5):416. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930050088034.
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The first edition of this work appeared in 1941. Since then, many ingenious and fruitful new techniques, using electron microscopy, phase microscopy, microincineration, and radioactive isotopes have been developed. Authors and editor have cooperated to produce a coherent, readable summary of the present status of this science. There are 11 major divisions. The first, on cytological techniques, includes descriptions of new methods of microscopy. The second, on physical and physiochemical studies of cells, includes much new information on radiations. The remaining divisions take up the monolayer technique; the cell surface; the nucleus, chromosomes, and genes; mitochondria and the Golgi complex; microincineration and the inorganic constituents of cells; the enzyme systems of cells; pathological aspects of cytology, including fundamental contributions on cancer; histogenesis in tissue culture; and aspects of evolutionary cytology. The discussion of the gene is made concrete by new information on the actual dimensions of protein molecules. Noteworthy are


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