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March 1965

The Biochemistry of Clinical Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(3):370. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860150114034

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If we wish them, there are biochemical books which encompass all modern knowledge on this subject, their crowded pages an embarrassment to those who are both sensitive and incompletely informed. These books are of necessity large and are plentifully adorned with those graffiti beloved of biochemists, diagrams of chemical structure and pathway. The busy clinician who wishes to find the essential information on a subject has to quarter the ground carefully to uncover what he seeks.

The Biochemistry of Clinical Medicine is in another category for the author has done the hard work and presents us with a distillate of modern biochemical knowledge. He skates lightly over the thin ice of recondite topics and incomplete information; we are told succinctly what maple syrup urine disease is—but enough is enough. In each section of the book a similar approach is used. After a description of a basic biochemical process derangements of

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