This volume describes in detail all of the important syntheses and reactions of oxazoles and oxazolones published through the first quarter of 1984. A section involving the use of oxazoles in synthesis will be of interest to most organic chemists. Of interest to heterocyclic and medicinal chemists is an extensive treatment of the synthesis of other heterocycles via oxazoles, oxazolones and mesoionic oxazoles. Extensive tables of oxazoles and oxazolones with literature references give easy access to the synthesis of these compounds. Most treatments of oxazole chemistry give only synthesis and reactions. This volume emphasizes the use of oxazoles as synthetic reagents as well as presenting the more classical treatments of oxazole chemistry. In additon, it contains the only extensive list of tables of oxazole derivatives. The book gives a list of spectroscopic properties of oxazoles, and offers the most detailed treatment of mesoionic oxazoles including syntheses, spectroscopy and reactions.