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July 13, 1935

A Textbook of Biochemistry

JAMA. 1935;105(2):143. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760280055028

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The subject of biochemistry is growing so rapidly and so extensively that it is becoming increasingly difficult for one individual to write an authoritative textbook adequately covering the entire field. In the present volume the editors have attempted to solve the problem by having thirty specialists in the various branches of biochemistry contribute chapters covering their own particular fields. While this procedure seems to work out satisfactorily in the preparation of a treatise designed for advanced students and others interested in following the latest developments in a particular field, it has certain definite disadvantages when applied to the writing of a text-book for medical and other students who are presumably being introduced to the subject for the first time. A good textbook, like a good teacher, besides stressing fundamental principles, must present for the consideration of the student those facts, critically selected from the vast array of available material, which

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