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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Harris S Goodman, MD (Saint Francis Memorial Hospital)
Description: Geared specifically for medical students, this basic biochemistry textbook emphasizes how biochemistry relates to the practice of medicine.
Purpose: An understanding of basic biochemistry is necessary to the practice of medicine. This book not only explains basic biochemical reactions in an organized manner, but emphasizes how understanding those reactions helps explain specific disease states.
Audience: Written for medical students by professors of biochemistry and internal medicine, this book uniquely ties basic biochemistry, for some an onerous and esoteric subject, to real-life common medical scenarios.
Features: After addressing the basic chemical and biological foundations of biochemistry, the book discusses gene expression, protein synthesis, fuel oxidation, and carbohydrate, lipid, nitrogen, and tissue metabolisms. Basic biochemical reactions are discussed alongside clear, concise diagrams. Relationships to specific disease processes are highlighted by sidebar clinical notes and interesting clinical scenarios involving classic patient presentations. Questions and answers are provided throughout, and reviews appear at the end of each chapter. Additional questions are available online.
Assessment: This book emphasizes how understanding basic biochemistry is necessary to the practice of medicine with the use of interesting yet classic patients. It thus is of great help to medical students who struggle with embracing a topic that at first may seem distant to the practical aspects of medicine.