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February 26, 1927

Recent Advances in Biochemistry.

JAMA. 1927;88(9):671. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680350055041

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This is one of the "Recent Advance" series of monographs, by British authors, dealing with medical subjects. The author has limited his discussion to certain topics, since, as he remarks, biochemistry is so new a science that practically the entire subject is really entitled to consideration under the caption "Recent Advances." He has selected for his review certain aspects of protein catabolism and urea formation; physical chemistry of proteins; nucleoproteins, carbohydrates; fats and "lipides"; the biochemistry of phosphorus and sulphur compounds; hemoglobin and related natural pigments, and, very briefly, vitamins, immunologic reactions and chemotherapy. The brevity of the work prevents exhaustive discussion of any of the matters under consideration, and in the case of the last three items mentioned the inadequacy is only too evident. Nevertheless the book as a whole will be of value to students of biochemistry, since it calls attention to many of the more striking recent

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