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Comprehensive Organic Transformations.

Comprehensive Organic Transformations

Comprehensive Organic Transformations. By Richard C. Larock, (VCH Publishers, Suite 909, 220 East 23rd Street, New York 10010-4606, 1989, 1160 pp., US$55.).

The development of newer, more selective methods for effecting chemical transformations has revolutionized the field of organic synthesis. Yet success in this area has given rise to another problem for the synthetic chemist. This is the problem of knowing all of the advances and, from these, selecting the ones most appropriate to the business in hand. To help us cope with this dilemma, Larock offers the present volume Comprehensive Organic Transformations. The book is organized as a set of sections, each directed to the functional group to be produced. Each section is subdivided into major processes, eg., oxidation, reduction. The sections themselves comprise prototype reactions and conditions, with reference(s) for experimental and other pertinent details. An extensive transformation index provides an invaluable back-up to the already detailed table of contents. Literature coverage is to 1987, with a number of reviews included.

This book amply fulfills the stated objectives and is a real boon both to the beginning and the established organic chemist. It can be scanned alike for the range of methods available and for access to needed detail. At its price (US$55), this extremely well-produced volume is a real bargain and likely to find wide acceptance.
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Author:Gibson, M.S.
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Feb 1, 1991
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