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The last few years have witnessed vast progress in the field of biochemistry. Considerable advancement has been made in the field of the intermediate metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and protein and in the employment of isotopes as tracer elements for complicated or little understood biologic mechanisms. The last years have also witnessed great developments in the fields of enzymes, vitamins and hormones, in the field of biologic oxidations and in our knowledge concerning the breakdown and synthesis of glycogen through systems of enzymes and coenzymes. The very fertile fields of viruses, of bacteriostatic or bactericidal compounds, such as gramicidin and penicillin, of immunochemistry and of chemotherapy have also been energetically explored. Medical practice has derived its share of profit from the applications of the newer knowledge of biochemistry to problems of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment.
The rapid advances in biochemistry call for considerable revision in any edition of biochemistry more
Textbook of Biochemistry. JAMA. 1943;122(13):905. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840300065029
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