This book may be considered the fourth edition of the book formerly entitled "Natural Products Related To Phenanthrene." The latest edition appeared in 1949 and was somewhat broader in scope than the present edition inasmuch as it contained short chapters on morphine alkaloids and resin acids in addition to a thorough treatment of the steroids. The latter material has been completely reorganized and revised and information from literature appearing as recently as 1959 has been included. The present volume gives a complete discussion of steroids from the chemical point of view. The authors deal with such subjects as discovery and isolation, determination of structure and configuration, chemical synthesis and biosynthesis, and the chemical reactions and physical characterizations of such compounds or classes of compounds as cholesterol, the D vitamins, vegetable sterols, bile acids, estrogens, androgens, homosteroids and norsteroids, adrenocortical hormones, cardiac active principles, sapogenins, and alkaloids.
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