Gas chromatography is one of the most versatile techniques for chemical analysis ever devised, but its usefulness in medicine and allied fields has been generally recognized only within the present decade. Many physicians having intense interest in the measurement of biologic substances do not realize its present value and future potential, probably because they have not been exposed to a comprehensive orientation to the subject. This volume, the proceedings of the first Hahnemann Symposium on the "Theory and Application of Gas Chromatography" held at Philadelphia in December 1966, provides such an orientation.
Thirty-nine leaders in the field of gas chromatography contributed 29 papers to the symposium; 14 papers are directly concerned with biomedical applications, and 9 develop the theory and general methodology of gas chromatography. The book is divided into four sections: theory, methodology, biomedical applications, and industrial applications. The latter section covers more than its title implies, since four