This volume is written for first year medical students. The authors felt that there was a need for a biochemistry textbook that would stimulate interest in this difficult field. The medical student frequently feels the lack of adequate preparation in the fundamentals of organic and physical chemistry, and the authors, in an endeavor to hold his interest, have used theory only when necessary and have stressed biochemical processes as they relate to metabolism or to normal and disturbed function. Biochemistry is a rapidly changing field, and difficulties are frequently encountered in integrating the many areas of specialized research into the whole of biochemistry without stressing or over-emphasizing any one of them. The authors have tried to give fairly complete presentation of each subject without being sidetracked by details. They make use of cross references to the details of topics that frequently reappear throughout the text.
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