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September 11, 1937

Manuel de biochimie

JAMA. 1937;109(11):897. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780370063027

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This book is intended for physicians, biologists and those for whom biochemistry is "an indispensable science." The introductory chapter gives some of the modern views on atomic and molecular structure, valence and isotopes without the development of the fundamental facts in supporting them and without emphasis on their biologic significance. The chapter on the colloidal state has practically no application to biology. The author develops the idea of the building up of molecules of high molecular weight, such as proteins, polysaccharides and isoprene polymers, and a consideration of their x-ray structures. One wonders what this treatment can mean without first developing the organic chemistry of the simpler units of these colloids. The same criticism may be made of the too early presentation of special chapters on adsorption, surface tension, viscosity, osmosis, Donnan equilibrium, catalysis, cell permeability, enzymes and enzyme action. A series of excellent chapters cover the chemistry of amino

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