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Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds (Studies in Organic Chemistry, 35).

Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds (Studies in Organic Chemistry, 35). Edited by J. Kovac and P. Zalupsky (Elsevier Science Publishing Co., Inc., Box 1663, Grand Central Station, New York 10163, U.S.A. 1988. As the editors aptly note in the preface, heterocyclic chemistry, once dependent on discoveries in areas of general organic chemistry, now "delivers reagents and synthetic methods for its own production, the synthesis...and natural substances... into related fields such as biochemistry, polymer and material sciences." This volume constitutes the plenary (138 pp), special workshop (50 pp) lectures and short oral/poster paper abstracts presented at the 9th Symposium on the Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds held in August, 1987, at the Slovak Technical University, Bratislavia, Czechoslovakia.

The plenary topics range from reactions and synthesis (Bergman, Fisera, Iddon, Ilavsky, Kornilov, Makosza, Schroth, van der Plas) and use of heterocycles in synthesis (Jager) to coenzyme models (Pandit) and optical properties (Kuthan). The workshop dealt with X-ray analysis (De Ranter) and structural and conformational (Oleksyn and Pedzinksa, Symersky and Blaha) aspects of certain heterocycles. The papers are of variable quality, some being comprehensive (Iddon, Schroth) and current (Jager) accounts while others are short summaries of mainly published results. Although the 130 short papers are heterogeneous, the editors have made an effort to categorize according to structural type.

The volume is primarily a showcase of the state of heterocyclic chemistry in Eastern Europe (in the abstracts, Cuba, France, US, Japan, Egypt, Italy and Lithuania were represented). Aside from the exceptions noted above, this volume has little value since most of the work is by now in the open literature. The price is prohibitive. For future symposia, the organizers are advised to publish an abstracts booklet to be included in the registration fee and a volume of the plenary lectures at modest cost. The publication is of reasonable quality and has a table of contents and an author index.

Victor Snieckus, FCIC University of Waterloo
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Publication:Canadian Chemical News
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Date:Feb 1, 1990
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