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The first volume of this timely annual review contains thirty chapters on special topics in biochemistry. The advisory committee is to be congratulated on the selection of the subject matter covered and in general on the choice of authors. It is a truly international undertaking from the standpoint of the literature covered as well as with regard to the selection of authors. In addition to the obvious and usual topics in biochemistry, the volume includes the following more unusual but welcome reviews: permeability, by Höber; the rôle of water in the structure and properties of protoplasm, by R. A. Cortner; the metabolism of brain and nerve, by E. G. Holmes; chemical embryology, by Joseph Needham; the terpenes, saponines and closely related compounds, by Ruzicka; the chemistry of bacteria, by Stephenson; immunochemistry, by Michael Heidelberger, and the biochemistry of the fungi, by N. N. Iwanoff. At the close of each chapter
Annual Review of Biochemistry. Volume I. JAMA. 1933;100(7):523. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740070061036
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