This is a remarkable book which
takes cognizance of the years of hiatus between organic chemistry
and contemporary macromolecular
chemistry that confounds the average internist. The authors start simply, but rapidly escalate to areas of
clinical pertinence. Lipids, carbohydrates, and amino acids soon become peptides and nucleic acids.
Final chapters are concerned with
deoxyribonucleic acid and ribonucleic acid and the role of macromolecules in the structure and function of the genetic code. Despite the
highly technical nature of the substrate, the authors offer respite with
a smattering of philosophy and a
refreshing literary style.