periments in Organic Chemistry, which included a 49-page review of reagents for organic synthesis. The structure of Reagents, a format now familiar to organic chemists worldwide, is easy to access, concise, and readable. It lists reagents alphabetically and provides relevant methods for reagent preparation and purification, pertinent examples of their use in organic synthesis, and all relevant references. From the first volume onward, Reagents has been considered a "Bible" for organic chemists. 10 In keeping with their previous reference works, the Fiesers worked diligently to present the state of the art of organic chemistry in Reagents.
In total, Reagents serves as an extremely useful reference work for practitioners of organic chemistry and as a treatise on the progress of synthetic organic chemistry over the last thirty years. Mary has continued to publish Reagents steadily since L.F. Fieser's death, an accomplishment for which generations of organic chemists are very grateful. In 1994, at the age of 85, she published Volume 17.
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