This book was prepared as an introductory textbook in biochemistry. It is primarily for students of medicine, but enough reference material is included to make it of value to practicing physicians. The popularity of the book is attested by the fact that it is in its 10th edition. There has been a lapse of 10 years since the ninth edition was published, and consequently the current edition has been thoroughly revised and rewritten. Extensive use has been made of recent American, English, and Scandinavian literature; however, some chapters, for example, that on the inorganic constituents, contain no references after 1941, and the chapter on nucleic acids has only one reference more recent than 1943.
The material is divided into five main parts. The first discusses chemical constituents of the body, including carbohydrates, fats, steroids, proteins, nucleic acids, pyrrole pigments, and inorganic substances. The physical chemistry basic to proper understanding of