Oxalic Acid in Biology and Medicine. Edited by Hodgkinson A., pages. Academic Press Inc., London, New York, and San Francisco, 1977. Price, $30.25.

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Not everyone is interested in all aspects of oxalic acid metabolism, but for those that are, this is a unique book. The historical review commences in 50 A.D., at which time the word oxalate was derived. It was one of the first crystalline substances to be described in organic chemistry and is now known to be a late product of oxidative metabolism in lower and higher plants and in animals. Fortunately for the human race it is only a minor end product of metabolism of many diverse intermediates. Its direct toxic effects are sometimes seen in medical practice and are

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