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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Stephen E. Kahn, PhD (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This book is an extensively illustrated softcover book covering fundamental aspects of clinical biochemistry at a medical undergraduate level. The text is uniquely structured into double-page learning units on clinical topics instead of in the traditional chapter format.
Purpose: The purpose of this text is to illustrate and describe significant aspects of clinical biochemistry, in conjunction with problem-solving and case histories, in an abbreviated format (i.e., two pages per learning unit).
Audience: The audience is the medical undergraduate student who has already gained the basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. The text may also be used to teach advanced medical students and junior residents about key practical aspects of selected clinical areas of biochemistry.
Features: The book is intentionally overillustrated and relies minimally on text. It uses case histories and problem-solving methods, but suffers from a complete lack of additional references.
Assessment: The book provides a useful compilation of clinical biochemistry topics in a short, practical, well-illustrated, problem-based fashion. It does require fundamental knowledge of biochemistry, anatomy, and physiology and must be used in conjunction with a practical teaching course or with other materials. As a companion text to highlight various basics of clinical information, it is adequate.