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November 30, 1940

Textbook of Biochemistry

JAMA. 1940;115(22):1912. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810480076029

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One would expect that the new edition of Harrow's textbook should prove to be popular for a first course in biochemistry and for medical or dental students. Indeed, most medical practitioners will find it a valuable book for a succinct review of biochemistry. It is clearly and simply written, presupposes little knowledge of biochemistry on the part of the reader, and adequately presents the main outlines of the subject. The author first considers the chemistry of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, nucleoproteins and enzymes. He then discusses the subjects of foods and vitamins and of syntheses in the plant kingdom. This leads logically to a consideration of digestion and absorption by the animal body and the mechanism of metabolism and excretion of foodstuffs. Obviously, in a book intended to serve as a textbook it is impossible to cover in great detail the tremendous advances which have been made in biochemistry in the

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