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Textbooks on biochemistry, with but few exceptions, have been written in a traditional sequence and have covered standard subject matter. However, as can be judged simply from the size of some recent editions, the developments in biochemistry during the past few years have greatly broadened this subject and have made adequate coverage virtually impossible. The editors of Comprehensive Biochemistry, fully cognizant of these difficulties, have attempted a new approach to this field by publishing a series of short volumes with chapters written by specialists. The stated aim of the editors is to provide those working in the field of biochemistry with an "advanced treatise... which assembles the principal areas of the subject in a single set of books." In order to "keep abreast of rapid advances," they intend to have "assembled chapters written by competent authors." The treatise is, indeed, much more than a textbook. It gives every indication of
James F. Riordan. Comprehensive biochemistry. Section 1 (vol 1-4): Physico-chemical and organic aspects of biochemistry. Vol 2: Organic and physical chemistry.. JAMA. 1963;183(3):223. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700030099029