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October 5, 1946

An Introduction to Biochemistry

JAMA. 1946;132(5):309. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870400057027

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This book indeed lives up to its title as an introductory work in biochemistry and at the same time includes information that will appeal to the graduate as well as undergraduate student of the subject. The third edition establishes the book as a British textbook and student reference work of high standard. It is said to place more emphasis than did former editions on subjects of special interest in clinical medicine. While this phase of the subject receives some attention, it cannot be considered sufficient to meet more than barely minimum needs of medical students. Yet brevity has not entirely sacrificed a surprising degree of completeness in the enumeration of essentials.

The most striking feature of this publication is its brevity and clarity of style. Of philosophic interest are the quotations that introduce each chapter and appear occasionally in other parts of the text. The first four chapters, comprising part

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