January 1961

Biochemistry of Steroids

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By Erich Heftmann, Ph.D., and Erich Mosettig, Ph.D. Price, College Edition, $5.75; Trade Edition, $6.90. Pp. 231, with many figures. Reinhold Publishing Corporation, 430 Park Ave., New York 22, 1960.

Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(1):148. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620010152029

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This admirable little book encompasses the entire steroid field. Lucid expositions cover distribution, biosynthesis, metabolism, physiological significance, and analysis of cholesterol, other sterols, the vitamins D, steroid sapogenins and alkaloids, cardiac glycosides, bile acids, progesterone, corticosteroids, androgens, and estrogens. The arrangement of the classes of steroids follows their biogenetic relationships.

The book is directed toward the special interests of the biological scientists in steroids and fulfills an important need. The carefully integrated treatment includes sufficient introductory material to meet the needs of readers with minimal background. Organic chemistry subserves the primary purpose of the book, but the simplified treatment does not compromise scientific standards.

A most useful feature is an introduction to the literature on steroids. A selected, classified bibliography of 45 pages contains important articles published since 1950. The subject index cites the bibliography as well as comprehensively covering the text.

I recommend this clear concise introduction to steroids

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