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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anatoly Bezkorovainy, JD, PhD (Rush Medical College of Rush University)
Description: This is a second edition atlas of metabolic pathways.
Purpose: The aim is to summarize biochemical pathways in an accessible and concise way. The editor specifically states that this book should not be used as a text.
Audience: This book will serve as a reference for biochemists or microbiologists, from students to senior researchers.
Features: A wealth of up-to-date information with colorful illustrations and explanatory textual material is contained in this book. Plant, bacterial, and animal metabolisms are covered, though I was not able to locate the bifidus pathway or anything on NADH oxidases present in many microorganisms, especially lactobacilli. The first two chapters deal with some basic principles of biochemistry. They are well done and provide a good basis for the perusal of the rest of the book. The index is a bit too sparse for this type of a reference volume. It is organized by section numbers rather than page numbers, which may be awkward for some users.
Assessment: This is an attractive and authoritative book, which should be available to users in most, if not all, biomedical libraries.