Color Atlas of Biochemistry / Edition 3

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"Totally revised and expanded, the Color Atlas of Biochemistry presents the fundamentals of human and mammalian biochemistry on 215 color plates." "Alongside a short introduction to chemistry and the "classic topics" of biochemistry, the 2nd edition covers new approaches and aspects in biochemistry, such as links between chemical structure and biological function or pathways for information transfer, as well as recent developments and discoveries, such as the structures of many new important molecules." This book is ideal for students of medicine and biochemistry and a valuable source of reference for practitioners.

The book contains color illustrations.

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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: 1,488,809
  • 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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