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January 19, 1957

Cole's Practical Physiological Chemistry

JAMA. 1957;163(3):218. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970380060018

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This book is the 10th edition of a textbook in biochemistry that first appeared in 1904. The ninth edition was published about 20 years ago and biochemistry has made huge strides since that time. Descriptions of over 200 experiments are interspersed throughout the text. Most of these experiments are rather simple, require a minimum amount of time to perform, and usually give fairly satisfactory results. The textual material is fairly brief, and the subject matter covered is less complete than that in many standard biochemical textbooks. The book contains 13 chapters, 6 of which are devoted mostly to qualitative and quantitative analyses of blood and urine. Other chapters cover such subjects as hydrogen ion concentration; physical properties of solutions; reactions of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids; the chemistry of some foods; and digestion and digestive enzymes. The volume contains a general index.

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