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April 13, 1935

A Manual of Biochemistry

JAMA. 1935;104(15):1363. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760150075037

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The title and size of this book would lead one to expect an elementary, brief and practical textbook of biochemistry. The work is exceedingly elementary and brief in some respects but it becomes rather involved and specialized in others. The book is unique in many respects. This uniqueness resides in the author's curious style, in the lack of orderly presentation, in many exceedingly misleading statements, in the peculiar order of presentation, in the questionable choice of material, and in the addition of rather inappropriate and often poorly reproduced illustrations. The text is divided into six parts. Part I is a disconnected introduction covering a great variety of factors. Part II, entitled "Inorganic," includes most of the inorganic elements, radiation in therapeutics, and permutit in water softening. Part in, entitled "Organic," develops too briefly the chemistry of carbohydrates, lipins and proteins. One wonders why benzoic acid is included under proteins and

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