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November 5, 1960

The Chemistry of Lipids in Health and Disease: A Review of Our Present Knowledge of Lipids; Their Chemical Structure; Their Breakdown and Synthesis in Living Organisms; Their Place in Human Nutrition; and Their Abnormalities of Metabolism in Disease

JAMA. 1960;174(10):1353. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030100121045

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Lipids were one of the more neglected aspects of biochemical knowledge until recent times. There were many gaps in the understanding of lipid metabolism and its relationship to disease. Most textbooks and many biochemists, even today, present a sketchy and often erroneous picture of lipids.

This monograph does an outstanding job of reporting up-to-date information on lipid chemistry and metabolism and their connection with medicine. As the author has pointed out about his well-written and excellently diagramed book, the "aim is not to influence the reader's judgment, but to give him a background against which he can read and judge current literature, and himself pass judgment on present and future concepts." I found no errors or any contradictory sections according to currently accepted biochemical beliefs.

Although steroid hormones are treated in a separate volume of the "American Lecture Series," both the practicing physician and the student should find their time

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