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August 9, 1952

Textbook of Biochemistry

JAMA. 1952;149(15):1429. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930320069034

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This book includes an excellent discussion of the principles of physical and organic chemistry, a feature that is often inadequately discussed in biochemistry texts. These principles are introduced in chapters on gases and solutions, electrolytic dissociation and the mass law, acids, bases, and buffers, osmotic pressure, the colloidal state and membrane phenomena, lipids, carbohydrates, monosaccharides, compound sugars, proteins, nucleoproteins, and nucleic acids. These sections comprise about 30% of the book. Correlation between facts and the underlying principles are repeatedly stressed throughout the book for pedagogic reasons.

The major portion of the text is comprehensive and detailed, with chapters on composition of tissues, enzymes, digestion, absorption, detoxication, bloods and body fluids, respiration, acid-base balance, electrolyte and water balance, energy metabolism, vitamins, biologic oxidation-reduction, intermediary metabolism, organic phosphates in metabolism, chemical energetics, lipid, carbohydrate, and protein metabolism, nutritional aspects of proteins, amino acids, lipids, and carbohydrates, metabolism of inorganic elements, foods, urine

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