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December 24, 1938

Aids to Biochemistry

JAMA. 1938;111(26):2418. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790520074029

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The sketchy text is intended to present the general principles of biochemistry to medical and science students who have already studied the subject by means of larger textbooks or lecture courses. It is "intended primarily for purposes of revision." It is also intended as a manual for experimental work. The work contains many inaccuracies. Among them are "the hexose molecules, for example, contain no less than four asymmetric carbon atoms" and "sixteen stereoisomeric aldoses are known." The treatment of the chemistry and importance of vitamins, of ketosis and antiketogenesis, male sex hormones, corpus luteum activity, enzymes, and acid-base equilibrium in the body is inadequate. The book would be of very little value as a "revision" for students of medicine in the United States.

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