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Diseases of Metabolism: Detailed Methods of Diagnosis and Treatment

Will G. Ryan, MD
JAMA. 1965;191(7):607. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080070091038.
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Thannhauser's Textbook of Metabolism and Metabolic Disorders. Vol II. Edited by Nepomuk Zöllner. American edition translated and edited by Solomon Estren. 2nd ed. 968 pp, 288 illus. $19.75. Grune & Stratton, 381 Park Ave S, New York 16, 1964

Any attempted definition of an internist would meet with doubtful success, and the same difficulties arise in trying to define metabolism. This problem we find reflected in the considerable variation of contents which these two books exhibit. In common, the authors cover the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, fat (Thannhauser, Vol I), and minerals and diseases thereof, along with diseases of nucleic acid and porphyrin metabolism (Thannhauser, Vol I and II). In other areas they diverge considerably.

Dr. Duncan's book, basically similar in format to previous editions, is somewhat expanded to a total of 1,551 pages. While both carbohydrate and protein metabolism receive good discussion, the section on fat metabolism is somewhat


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