The Editors, Editorial Board Members, and John Wiley and Sons have worked for three and a half years to update the fifth edition of Burger's Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery. The sixth edition has several new and unique features. For the first time, there will be an online version of this major reference work. The online version will permit updating and easy access. For the first time, all volumes are structured entirely according to content and published simultaneously. Our intention was to provide a spectrum of fields that would provide new or experienced medicinal chemists, biologists, pharmacologists and molecular biologists entry to their subjects of interest as well as provide a current and global perspective of drug design, and drug development.

Our hope was to make this edition of Burger the most comprehensive and useful published to date. To accomplish this goal, we expanded the content from 69 chapters (5vol-umes) by approximately 50% (to over 100 chapters in 6 volumes). We are greatly in debt to the authors and editorial board members participating in this revision of the major reference work in our field. Several new subject areas have emerged since the fifth edition appeared. Proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, combinatorial chemistry, high-throughput screening, blood substitutes, allosteric effectors as potential drugs, COX inhibitors, the and high-throughput pharmacology are only a few. In addition to the new areas, we have filled in gaps in the fifth edition by including topics that were not covered. In the sixth edition, we devote an entire subsection of Volume 4 to cancer research; we have also reviewed the major published Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology texts to ensure that we did not omit any major therapeutic classes of drugs. An editorial board was constituted for the first time to also review and suggest topics for inclusion. Their help was greatly appreciated. The newest innovation in this series will be the publication of an academic, "textbook-like" version titled, "Burger's Fundamentals of Medicinal Chemistry." The academic text is to be published about a year after this reference work appears. It will also appear with soft cover. Appropriate and key information will be extracted from the major reference.

There are numerous colleagues, friends, and associates to thank for their assistance. First and foremost is Assistant Editor Dr. John Andrako, Professor emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Pharmacy. John and I met almost every Tuesday for over three years to map out and execute the game plan for the sixth edition. His contribution to the sixth edition cannot be understated. Ms. Susanne Steitz, Editorial Program Coordinator at Wiley, tirelessly and meticulously kept us on schedule. Her contribution was also key in helping encourage authors to return manuscripts and revisions so we could publish the entire set at once. I would also like to especially thank colleagues who attended the QSAR Gordon Conference in 1999 for very helpful suggestions, especially Roy Vaz, John Mason, Yvonne Martin, John Block, and Hugo

Kubinyi. The editors are greatly indebted to Professor Peter Ruenitz for preparing a template chapter as a guide for all authors. My secretary, Michelle Craighead, deserves special thanks for helping contact authors and reading the several thousand e-mails generated during the project. I also thank the computer center at Virginia Commonwealth University for suspending rules on storage and e-mail so that we might safely store all the versions of the author's manuscripts where they could be backed up daily. Last and not least, I want to thank each and every author, some of whom tackled two chapters. Their contributions have provided our-field with a sound foundation of information to build for the future. We thank the many reviewers of manuscripts whose critiques have greatly enhanced the presentation and content for the sixth edition. Special thanks to Professors Richard Glennon, William Soine, Richard Westkaemper, Umesh Desai, Glen Kellogg, Brad Windle, Lemont Kier, Malgorzata

Dukat, Martin Safo, Jason Rife, Kevin Reynolds, and John Andrako in our Department of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University for suggestions and special assistance in reviewing manuscripts and text. Graduate student Derek Cashman took able charge of our web site,, another first for this reference work. I would especially like to thank my dean, Victor Yanchick, and Virginia Commonwealth University for their support and encouragement. Finally, I thank my wife Nancy who understood the magnitude of this project and provided insight on how to set up our home office as well as provide John Andrako and me lunchtime menus where we often dreamed of getting chapters completed in all areas we selected. To everyone involved, many, many thanks.

Donald J. Abraham

Midlothian, Virginia

Dr. Alfred Burger

jgraph of Professor Burger followed by his comments to the American Chemical Society 26th Medicinal listry Symposium on June 14, 1998. This was his last public appearance at a meeting of medicinal chemists. As general chair of the 1998 ACS Medicinal Chemistry Symposium, the editor invited Professor sr to open the meeting. He was concerned that the young chemists would not know who he was and he mighit have an attack due to his battle with Parkinson's disease. These fears never were realized and his ients to the more than five hundred attendees drew a sustained standing ovation. The Professor was 93, and it was Mrs. Burger's 91st birthday.

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