The author has closely adhered to the same general principles he set up for the preparation of the first edition, namely to present a straightforward systematic outline of the fundamentals of biochemistry without the aid of the historical approach, thus omitting names and references and saving considerable space. While some will question whether this is the most interesting or best method of approach, they must admit that the author has presented a surprisingly large number of facts in a logical, accurate and scholarly manner. In a further effort at simplification, discussions of the various secretions (aside from the digestive secretions) and tissues are given under suitable subheadings in other chapters.
The subject is presented in ten chapters, on acid-base relations, colloids, enzymes and oxidation, digestion, lipids, carbohydrates, proteins, prosthetic radicals of nucleoproteins and chromoproteins, inorganic substances, vitamins and avitaminoses, and hormones and endocrinoses. The order in which the chapter discussions