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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Eugene A Davidson, PhD (Georgetown University School of Medicine)
Description: This volume is intended as a convenience for medical students either enrolled in a biochemistry class or reviewing for Part I of the national licensing examination. It is organized in a format standard to most texts and the material covered is generally discussed in a medical biochemistry class. A CD-ROM is attached that contains material suitable for self-testing.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a biochemistry guide for medical students.
Audience: Students wishing to reinforce factual information in preparation for the currently used multiple-choice format examinations will find enough here.
Features: Specifics are emphasized, but the text is terse, and neither integration of concepts nor a rationale for learning the material is presented. There is little coordination of the material, especially in the discussions of metabolism. Those seeking deeper understanding or a clear interface between biochemistry and other pre-clinical disciplines or various aspects of medicine will need to look elsewhere.
Assessment: The difficulty of satisfying the requirements for the first year medical school course in biochemistry remains. The standard texts contain too much and the short form versions not enough — a dilemma for even the best students.