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Supplements to the 2nd Edition of Rodd's Chemistry of Carbon Compounds.

Now that this volume has appeared, the Supplements to the 2nd Edition of this series are complete. The book contains six chapters covering synthesis, reactions and applications in the following subject areas: pyridazines, cinnolines, benzocinnolines and phthalazines; pyrimidines and quinazolines; pyrazines and related ring structures; phenzine, oxazine, thiazine and sulphur dyes; quinazoline alkaloids; six-membered rings with three or more hetero-atoms. Chapters are generally well researched and up to date, with references through 1993 plus a few from 1994, and attention is directed to recent reviews where appropriate. Newer methods, such as palladium catalysed reactions and aza- and reverse electron demand Diels-Alder reactions, are well documented. This book is a very useful specialized volume, of primary interest to researchers in the respective subject areas. It should be on the acquisitions lists of libraries to maintain collections.

However, the prospective reader is cautioned that there are several formula block errors in the first three chapters; the last three chapters, more carefully prepared for publication, are commendably free from such problems. These errors include a surplus or missing bond, or a missing, incorrectly placed or incorrectly chosen atom or substituent in an organic formula. In some cases, an incorrect reactant is formulated (e.g., the reaction giving compound 2 on p. 2 requires phosphoryl chloride, not chlorine as shown). Such problems are avoidable, or at least should be minimized. Their occurrence again underscores the importance of spotting errors in camera ready copy before reproduction if the advantages of this type of publishing are to be fully realized.

M.S. Gibson Brock University
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Author:Gibson, M.S.
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jun 1, 1996
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