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October 29, 1938

Fundamentals of Biochemistry with Laboratory Experiments

JAMA. 1938;111(18):1688. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790440082028

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As indicated in the title, this is a combination of textbook and laboratory manual. Naturally, considerable abbreviation is necessary to cover the subject matter in a book of this size. This is rather unfortunate, because the treatment of the discussions and laboratory instructions are frequently so condensed that the student no doubt is either forced to consult other text-books or to repeat experiments in order to obtain correct results. The order of presentation appears irregular in part; thus, neutrality regulations in the body, enzymes, mineral metabolism, vitamins and the chemistry and functions of the endocrine secretions are discussed before the chemistry of the lipids, carbohydrates and proteins is considered. The chemistry of these cell constituents is discussed briefly and in an elementary manner and the laboratory treatment is equally condensed. Although the discussions on hydrogen ion concentration and neutrality regulation in the body are well presented, the experimental procedures for

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