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April 6, 1940

Biological Oxidation

JAMA. 1940;114(14):1404. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810140104037

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This volume represents an amplification of the chapter on biologic oxidations in Oppenheimer's more general work on enzymes. There has been a need for a comprehensive theoretical treatment of this subject and the volume under review meets a part of that need. The historical method of development of the subject is used, which leads to some confusion in presentation. Some confusion results from developing the subject in terms of the Wieland-Warburg argument. That controversy is now a matter of history and a straightforward presentation of theory with supporting facts would be more intelligible to the serious beginning student. On the whole, however, the theory is presented in fundamental terms and can be followed by any one who has a moderately good background in modern physical chemistry. The book is written as a guide for beginning investigators in the field and as a critical digest of existing information for others. There

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