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This excellent monograph will surely attract a wider audience than one might at first think. It has "something for everybody" with excellent sections on preparing ribosomes from cells, the historical description of the concept and genetic dogma, its uses to the biochemist, zoologist, biophysicist, or physical chemist, as well as to the bedside clinician. Medical students will find the book very instructive; it is suggested that third and fourth year students and house staff will derive the most benefit from its study. There is much of very well-described cell biology.
The preface outlines the objectives to be attained and they are accomplished. The table of contents is very usable; a list of abbreviations and symbols is among the front matter. There are 12 chapters, the last being one of summary and conclusions. A technique of scientific writing not heretofore seen by this reviewer is the inclusion of an addendum in
Bland JH. The Physical and Chemical Properties of Ribosomes.. Arch Intern Med. 1965;116(4):627. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03870040141037