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March 3, 1951

Chemistry and Biology of Proteins

JAMA. 1951;145(9):684. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920270078035

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Abstract

The author has done a splendid job of correlating systematically the results of the investigative work of many thousands of scientists in this difficult field. Since proteins are the basis of life, being inextricably connected with the phenomena of growth and reproduction, many phases of this dissertation should be of both philosophical and practical interest to the physician. The new phase of protein research, as elucidated by the author, has as its main goal the reconstruction of the complicated framework of the protein molecule itself. The last few chapters should prove of special interest to physicians. Included are such topics as proteins with enzymatic properties, proteins with hormone activity, role of proteins in immunologic reactions and the supply of amino acids for protein biosynthesis. The book is to be recommended as an advanced textbook on the subject as well as a handy reference for workers in the field.

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