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July 11, 1980

Biochemistry for Medical Sciences

Author Affiliations

University of Chicago

JAMA. 1980;244(2):194. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310020062036

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To take the author's goals for this book seriously ("to present the biochemical foundation necessary to students of medicine and related fields... [and to produce a text]... useful to biologists and clinicians who wish to keep abreast of ongoing developments and current hypotheses" is to say he has not been extremely successful. His view of biochemistry emphasizes metabolic reactions (with, to the author's credit, chemical structures of reactants and products), but he has little to say about cellular and organellar aspects of biochemical reactions. The organization of the text has been seen before: a brief look at the chemical components of living cells, a lengthy progression through intermediary metabolism, a discussion of nucleic acids and protein biosynthesis, and, finally, a series of chapters on blood, respiration, specialized tissues, and nutrition. The exposition is uninteresting, and although suggested reading lists are provided at the conclusion of each chapter, the lists