Regular Departments
November 1968

Brief Reviews

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(5):464-465. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00040010464029

This is a remarkable book which takes cognizance of the years of hiatus between organic chemistry and contemporary macromolecular chemistry that confounds the average internist. The authors start simply, but rapidly escalate to areas of clinical pertinence. Lipids, carbohydrates, and amino acids soon become peptides and nucleic acids. Final chapters are concerned with deoxyribonucleic acid and ribonucleic acid and the role of macromolecules in the structure and function of the genetic code. Despite the highly technical nature of the substrate, the authors offer respite with a smattering of philosophy and a refreshing literary style.