Color Atlas of Biochemistry / Edition 3

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Praise for this book:

Books of this format are rare. Even more so are concise books of this caliber that cover such a wide array of biochemistry-related topics. This is the perfect book for students on the go, or physicians in need of a brief refresher. It provides sufficient Information in its summaries and rich illustrations to gain a basic understanding of any topic it covers. The updated edition is certainly worthwhile as additional areas such as blood clotting and the biochemistry of fatty tissues are now covered. -- Doody Enterprises, Inc.

Providing a powerful visual overview of the entire spectrum of human biochemistry, the third edition of the popular Color Atlas of Biochemistry is an ideal reference and study aid. It utilizes the signature Flexibook format, consisting of double-page spreads with clear explanatory text on the left-hand page and exquisitely detailed full-color graphics on the right. These bite-sized learning capsules ensure that your review of any given topic is quick, efficient, and comprehensive, allowing you to target the exact information you need for classroom and exam success.

New features of this bestselling review book:

  • Increased focus on pathobiochemical aspects and clinical correlations, especially useful for exam preparation in the clinical sciences
  • New and expanded sections on the immune and digestive systems, motor proteins, transport processes, blood clotting and fibrinolysis, biochemistry of fatty tissue, metabolic integration, neurotransmitters and their receptors, signal transduction, and much more!
  • Symbols for atoms, biomolecules, coenzymes, biochemical processes, and chemical reactions are color-coded to promote quick comprehension
  • Computer graphics that provide simulated 3D representations of important molecules, making complex subject matter tangible
  • Convenient color thumb index that guides you quickly through the book

This superb didactic atlas has been used by medical and health science students worldwide since its first publication in German in 1994 and has since been translated into fifteen languages. Its unrivalled illustrations, concise text, and focused presentation all combine to create an excellent, high-yield study guide.

The book contains color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Sophie La Salle, PhD (Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine)
Description: The nine sections in this atlas provide concise summaries of various basic science and clinical topics related to human biochemistry. The double-page format, with explanatory text on the left-hand page and accompanying illustrations on the right-hand page, efficiently conveys the information. The previous edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a visual overview of the entire spectrum of human biochemistry. The book is designed as a study aid and quick-access reference, and it serves exactly those purposes in a very effective manner.
Audience: Although written primarily for medical students, the book also may be useful to biological sciences undergraduates, as well as physicians looking for concise explanations of various biochemistry concepts. The two authors are well-respected biochemists with vast teaching experience with medical students, and this is reflected in their presentation of the information.
Features: This atlas provides a fairly complete overview of topics falling under the biochemistry spectrum, ranging from basic metabolism to genetics and nutrition. Basic concepts are included at the beginning of the book so novice biochemists will be equipped with the knowledge required to understand more advanced topics. This book is concise, integrated, and remains readable despite the complexity of certain subject areas. Its summary-style format makes this an ideal study aid. It is very easy to navigate: each section is color-coded and symbols (described on the front and back covers) are used consistently throughout. A sufficient amount of information is provided in the table of contents to quickly find topics of interest, and a detailed index allows for more precise identification of content. However, the best feature of this book is certainly the quality of the illustrations, which are rich in information and complement perfectly the text they support.
Assessment: Books of this format are rare. Even more so are concise books of this caliber that cover such a wide array of biochemistry-related topics. This is the perfect book for students on the go, or physicians in need of a brief refresher. Although it does not replace more detailed biochemistry textbooks, it provides sufficient information in its summaries and rich illustrations to gain a basic understanding of any topic it covers. The updated edition is certainly worthwhile as additional areas such as blood clotting and the biochemistry of fatty tissues are now covered. Overall, this book covers most topics and subject areas related to biochemistry, but it could expand upon concepts related to epigenetics (which is only briefly mentioned in the book), and include reproductive organs in the section of tissues and organs as well as meiosis in the section on growth and development.
Anatoly Bezkorovainy
This book is an overview of biochemistry using pictorial representations. It is a translation from German and is unique in its pocket size. The purpose is to summarize and integrate both the chemical and biological aspects of biochemistry focusing on human biochemistry. Another purpose is to present this information quickly and efficiently. This book is not intended for first-time learners. A special effort was made to provide colorful illustrations, so that the text is on one page and the pertinent illustration is on the opposite page. A rather complex system of color codes is used. This book, intended a review book, is written for ""students of human medicine,"" especially students preparing for examinations. A unique system, indicated by filled, half-filled and open circles indicates whether a specific section is ""basic knowledge,"" ""standard knowledge,"" or ""in-depth knowledge."" These judgment calls have their limitations, but the stature of the authors lends credence to them. The quality of illustrations is very high and may be the principal attraction inherent in the book. Both the index and table of contents are adequate, and this being a text/review, references are absent. An unusual feature is a collection of complex metabolic maps, where enzymes are identified by their E.C. numbers. A dictionary of enzymes with their E.C. classifications is also provided. This is a novel review book for the U.S. market, as its main features are its small size, its extensive use of illustrations, and its complex color coding system. It covers the area of biochemistry rather thoroughly, perhaps too much so (e.g., nitrogen fixation and development of the fruit fly). The book may bedifficult to use for the very busy medical student, and I doubt that it will replace any of the existing review books now on the market (and some of them are very good). Nevertheless, the book is convenient for those who wish to review biochemistry on a bus or train, or for perusal by professors, to whom it may be a moderately challenging task to decipher and appreciate the various coding systems used by the authors. They obviously had a lot of fun writing this text.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783131003737
  • Publisher: Thieme
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 566
  • Sales rank: 506,673
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Professor, Institute of Physiologic Chemistry, Philipps University, Marburg, Germany
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