graphy, or the combination of g.c. with other techniques. Thermal methods are not discussed at all. The general conclusion is that the material which is covered, is covered well. But many of the major techniques which are part of the analytical chemist’s arsenal today are barely mentioned. No doubt this book could be used for some courses in instrumentation analysis, but it would have to be supplemented by other texts. J. W. Robinson
Anmrul Reports Press, London,
on NMR Spectroscopy, Vol. 5A, Edited by E. F. Mooney. 1972, xii+696 pp.. price E 13.00.
This book follows the same general pattern as the previous volumes as it combines annual reviews with subject reviews of a more specialised nature. The first two chapters (by T. N. Huckerby and R. Fields respectively) review developments in proton and fluorine-19 nuclear magnetic resonance published during 1970. Both reviewers have arranged their material very well indeed, and it is only of minor note that one section on the fluorine-19 n.m.r. of natural products overlaps with chapter three on the n.m.r. of carbohydrates and related compounds. The latter review .by 3. D. Inch covers the literature from 1968 to 1970; earlier work has been reviewed by the same author in volume two of this series. Chapter four (by W. McFarlane) on homonuclear magnetic double resonance and chapter five (by M. Witanowski and G. A. Webb) on nitrogen n.m.r. ( 14N and “N) also up-date reviews in earlier volumes. In chapter six, J. W. Akitt reviews the n.m.r. spectroscopy of compounds containing aIuminium and gallium. This chapter should appeal to many inorganic chemists as well as n.m.r. specialists. The final chapter by D. G. Gillies and D. Shaw discusses the application of Fourier transform methods to high-resolution n.m.r. This clearly presented review is particularly timely in view of the recent explosion of interest in this area, and it should have great appeal to the non-specialist. The contributors to this volume deserve credit for maintaining the very high standard of this series. However, one might have hoped that the price of these volumes could have been maintained below E 10, perhaps by reducing the size which has doubled since Volume one. W. B. Jennings