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February 3, 1993

Textbook of Biochemistry, With Clinical Correlations

Author Affiliations

The University of Chicago (Ill)

JAMA. 1993;269(5):657. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500050151041

As I noted 10 years ago in my review of the first edition of Textbook of Biochemistry, With Clinical Correlations, this is a big book. The third edition contains more than 1000 pages, contributions from 27 authors, and chapters on subjects as diverse as "Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology" and "Gas Transport and pH Regulation" (in addition, of course, to material on proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleic acids/molecular biology). Balance is difficult to achieve in a work this large, especially in a text that does not seem to express a particular focus or approach. The exposition is as even as one could expect from a well-edited multiauthor volume, and most worthy subjects receive significant attention, if not at least passing mention. Textbook of Biochemistry tries to do a lot but, in the end, perhaps tries to do a little too much.

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