Rapid Review Biochemistry: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access / Edition 2

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Get the most from your study time, and experience a realistic USMLE simulation with Rapid Review Biochemistry, 3rd Edition, by Drs. John W. Pelley, and Edward F. Goljan. This new reference in the highly rated Rapid Review Series is formatted as a bulleted outline with photographs, tables, and figures that address all the biochemistry information you need to know for the USMLE. And with Student Consult functionality, you can become familiar with the look and feel of the actual exam by taking a timed or a practice online test that includes 350 USMLE-style questions.

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Reviewer: Eugene A Davidson, PhD (Georgetown University School of Medicine)
Description: This is one of many review books in the basic medical sciences. This second edition primarily represents inclusion of some new material rather than an extensive rewrite of the 7-year-old first edition.
Purpose: The aim is to provide a convenient review of biochemistry for medical students preparing for their licensing examinations. It is highly debatable whether this is worthwhile. Students lacking key knowledge in the area will not find this book helpful.
Audience: Medical students hoping to find critical nuggets of information are the intended audience. The author has had some experience in teaching biochemistry.
Features: Quick fix solutions are a hallmark of our time — rapid weight loss, instant improvement in sexual performance, etc. This book is one of many that cater to medical students preparing for the first step of the licensing examination. Biochemistry is broadly reviewed, beginning with a discussion of the types of molecules encountered and continuing through the usual metabolic pathways, information flow, and a bit about biotechnology. Nutritional material is presented in a separate chapter rather than integrated throughout the metabolic section. Practice examinations conclude the text. There are no references, either to more comprehensive coverage or landmark papers of broad interest. Regrettably, there are errors of fact. Although not numerous, some are egregious and present a particular difficulty for the uninformed reader. Books of this genre are generally not seen by faculty (they tend to refer to the standard comprehensive texts and occasionally to review these) and as a result, mistakes are usually not corrected. This puts users at a disadvantage since they have no way of realizing that, for example, dolichol is not a component of glycoproteins. Most medical educators wish to instill habits of lifelong learning in their students. This requires an approach to material not reflected in this book.
Assessment: This is a weak effort that does not merit purchase. Errors in this type of book are serious and the fact that this is a second edition suggests inadequate proofreading or some lack of knowledge. Either way, it is not satisfactory.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323044370
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 11/29/2006
  • Series: Rapid Review Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Carbohydrates, Lipids, and Amino Acids: Metabolic Fuels and Biosynthetic Precursors

Chapter 2 Proteins

Chapter 3 Membrane Biochemistry and Signal Transduction

Chapter 4 Nutrition

Chapter 5 Generation of Energy from Dietary Fuels

Chapter 6 Carbohydrate Metabolism

Chapter 7 Lipid Metabolism

Chapter 8 Nitrogen Metabolism

Chapter 9 Integration of Metabolism

Chapter 10 Nucleotide Synthesis and Metabolism

Chapter 11 Organization, Synthesis, and Repair of DNA

Chapter 12 Gene Expression

Chapter 13 DNA Technology

Common Laboratory Values

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  • Posted April 17, 2009

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    Great clinical focus.

    It is ironic that Dr. Davidson, the Doody reviewer, made an error in the second sentence of his review of this book. The second edition is spaced three or four years behind the first, not seven. How can you trust a review like that? This book may have errors, but the important, tested stuff is emphasized well and clinical correlations are gold. Goljan helped with the book, and he knows how the boards people think and teaches accordingly, so I would say this book is worth it, although Lippincott's Illustrated Review: Biochemistry is pretty much the gold standard review book (best with course work). This might be better to "cram" with if you have the time to even do that much.

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