Since biochemistry is one of the most rapidly advancing fields of science, it is becoming more difficult to compile a one-volume textbook which reflects contemporary information as well as basic biochemical precepts. The authors of this text have performed this task in an admirable manner. Furthermore, a biochemistry textbook designed primarily for first-year medical students is a decided challenge—the goal is to organize a vast body of factual information and orient it to the intense clinical interests of these students. Again, the authors have been successful in their effort; clinical implications of basic biochemical processes are well emphasized.
An especially strong feature of this volume is introductory biochemical methodology; much of the chapter on chemistry of proteins is concerned with analytical procedures, and an entire chapter is devoted to methods of investigating intermediary metabolism. A chapter on water balance provides considerable information; this subject is often underemphasized in contemporary biochemistry