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The 170 color plates in this book are of art book quality and the graphic organization deserves a design award. The book is a pleasure to own and peruse. However, the effort and expense to produce these features were, I expect, for more practical than aesthetic purposes. The extraordinary color photography and reproduction have the goal of matching the true colors of the striking fluorescence and color reactions seen in thin-layer chromatography. This book achieves this better than any other this reviewer has seen before. The book will function as a useful handbook for identification and interpretation of composition of plant products, especially for those laboratories who have the duty of assaying medicinal plant products for meeting pharmacopeia standards. All laboratories that have occasion to assay plant material for the presence of pharmacologically active compounds will find this a useful addition to their reference shelf.
Central Research Establishment, HOFSS, Aldermaston, Reading, Berkshire
Stock #: JFS12358J