This relatively slim 876-page book with more than 800 articles by 365 contributors can serve a unique function for the busy physician. The articles are not written for the biochemical specialist but for scientists in other disciplines who want to keep up to date with modern biochemistry. The entries, many by eminent biochemists, do not presuppose previous biochemical knowledge. Many portions are two or three pages in length, contain cross references, and are succeeded by a bibliography. The book is not intended to present detailed reviews as in a handbook but to contain more general articles to give the average reader a broad sweep of information on a particular subject. Typical entries are as follows: chromosomes (biochemical aspects), enzyme classification and nomenclature, messenger ribonucleic acids, myelin, pentoses in metabolism, potassium and sodium (in biological systems), phosphorylation, oxidation, methylation, and ultracentrifugation in metabolism.
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