Excerpt from Year-Book of Pharmacy: Comprising Abstracts of Papers Relating to Pharmacy, Materia Medica, and Chemistry Contributed to British and Foreign Journals, From July 1, 1888, to June 30, 1889; With the Transactions of the British Pharmaceutical Conference
The conversi... on of hyoscyamine into atropine under the in¿uence of alkalies has been further investigated by W. Will and G. Bredig, who arrive at the conclusions that this change is due to catalytic action, and that atropine is an optically active base. A. Laden burg, on the other hand, regards atropine as optically inactive, and as standing in the same relation to hyoscyamine as racemic acid does to laevotartaric acid. He is inclined to think that the sup posed formation of atropine from hyoscyamine may be due to the employment of impure materials, and that this conversion, although possible, has not yet been actually accomplished.
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