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September 10, 1982

The Biochemists' Songbook

JAMA. 1982;248(10):1245. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330100071039

This is a brief book and contains the music and text of biochemical pathways written by Harold Baum at the University of London and dedicated to Sir Hans Krebs. Although this is not a textbook of biochemistry, in setting to music a number of biochemical pathways, and in illustrating those pathways in the customary fashion and linking these with words, Dr Baum has given us a different approach to studying the complexities of intermediary metabolism.

The songs were prepared "for the department Christmas Party."

A few are set to English tunes not well known in the United States, but most are familiar, such as "There is a Tavern in the Town," "Auld Lang Syne," and for the Australians, "Waltzing Matilda." "Battle Hymn of the Aerobes" is set to the tune of "Battle Hymn of the Republic": Mine eyes have seen the glory of respiratory chains In every mitochondrion, intrinsic to