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April 4, 1931


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By J. B. S. Haldane, M.A., Sir William Dunn Reader in Biochemistry, Cambridge University. Cloth. Price, $5.50. Pp. 235, with 35 illustrations. New York: Longmans, Green & Company, 1930.

JAMA. 1931;96(14):1171-1172. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720400069035

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The association of Professor Haldane with the late Professor Bayliss is in itself a recommendation to write a book on enzymes. The Nature of Enzyme Action by the late Professor Bayliss is one of the earlier monographs on biochemistry in the series edited by Plimmer and Hopkins. In a large measure it treated of the biologic nature of enzyme reactions and in a large measure was a polemic for the view now universally accepted that enzymes are catalysts. Haldane starts with this view as a point of departure for his own volume on enzymes. There is no dearth of textbooks and treatises on enzymes and enzyme action; the most notable is that of Oppenheimer and Kuhn, not to mention many others which have treated the subject. Consequently, the appearance of another volume on enzymes would appear to call for comment. The book is a general summary of the thermodynamic aspects

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