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Basic Medical Biochemistry (Books) [Paperback]

Dawn B. Marks , etc. , Allan Marks , Jane Velker
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1 Jun 1996 068305595X 978-0683055955
Dr. Dawn Marks and her coauthors cover human biochemistry in a reasonably comprehensive fashion for students, using case studies to show the relationship between biochemistry and clinical problems. Facts and pathways are presented to emphasize how the underlying biochemistry is related to the body's overall physiological functioning. Lecturers - Click here to order a FREE Review Copy of this title

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  • Paperback: 770 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins (1 Jun 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068305595X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0683055955
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This textbook is exceptionally detailed, but written in such a manner so that the basics of biochemistry are easy to understand. At the beginning of each chapter is a 'waiting room' section where it introduces two or three 'patients' with relevant conditions to the chapter and the reasons that lead these patients to seek medical advice. It then refers back to these 'patients' throughout the chapter. These clinical references are extremely useful, particularly for medical students as it draws the subject of biochemistry in with clinical medicine, as other biochemistry books may not. This for me was a definite plus point; it makes biochemistry seem a lot more interesting.
There are plenty of diagrams in the book to illustrate ceratin ideas. The diagrams are well presented and annotated, which I believe helps in the understanding of the subject. It is also well split up. Firsly into general sections and then into more specific chapters which makes it easy to look quickly and accurately for the information that you require. In each chapter, there are questions and answers which are useful to check your progress and as to whether you really understand that particular part of biochemistry.
The only problem with this book is that by only having a quick look at it, it can be off-putting. The contents don't look that interesting as all the text is written in only two colours, which I know is a minor point. My advice though would be to look further into it, and then buy it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not for medical undergraduates. Only for biochemistry students really.
There is nothing "basic" about this book. This is very complicated, badly illustrated and not particularly oriented for a medical curriculum. Also the clinical scenarios are not very well structured and very complex.
If you want my advice, at undergraduate level you just need a very basic understanding of biochemistry - don't get yourself all confused by this complicated subject. A good physiology or clinical medicine textbook will give you all the information you REALLY need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely useful biochemistry text. Yes, USEFUL!! 15 Aug 2000
By Kersi Von Zerububbel - Published on
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This book shows how biochemistry courses can be made interesting and pertinent. I love the clinical symptoms and diagnoses boxes. Various biochemical processes are made relevant by linking them to symptoms and diagnoses. Remember in college when biochemistry was essentially a memorization exercise? Not so here. I am not a doctor or med student but I do have 24 hours of bio and take it from me this is a unique biochemistry text. The layout and design of the contents is very good. Well worth the price and deserving of shelf space in your library.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cleverly Designed Book 22 May 2004
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Some biochemistry books proceed to describe metabolic pathways with scant reference to the physiological context in which they occur and then fill the conceptual gap by including a chapter on regulation and integration of metabolism. Not this thoughtful and cleverly designed book. From the start the authors make it clear that they are going to tell us the story in terms of one crucial unifying concept: which pathways are activated or inactivated when we eat or when we fast?
With this approach the reader never loses sight of the big picture, ie, what's going on in the body at any particular time. And then, when we do reach the chapter on integration of metabolism, most of the work has already been done for us: the chapter then operates as a useful review of what we have already been told.
The book does not miss any opportunity to make us think in terms of the big picture, and furthermore, it is never afraid of saying something more than once if it needs to. Just one example to illustrate this point: Lipoprotein lipase. Action and properties of this enzyme are detailed in the context of digestion of chylomicrons (p 497), storage of TAGs in adipocytes (p 512), integration of metabolism (p 561) and the influence of insulin levels on gene expression of the enzyme (p 564).
The early introduction of the fed and starved states is also useful in other ways. The student perceives right away what the point is of learning those endless metabolic pathways and studies them with much more enthusiasm and not just thinking that biochemistry is but an unnecessary obstacle they have to overcome to get to the more clinical stuff (at least I'd like to think so!). Inspired by this book I have organized my course in that way and I am convinced that it is the best approach.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Lucid, yet encylopedic 22 Aug 2003
By anandkumar - Published on
This book is different from its contemporaries in many ways. First of all is written in a clinical approach format which is very interesting for medical students. Most of the biochemistry textbooks are dry and vast and difficult to grasp the information needed for a medico.
But the Marks helps to learn to use biochemistry in the process of Clinical Problem Solving. With a lot of diagrams and clear text it is easy understand.
The Clinical Material is presented in the form of real patients.
It is a student friendly text with which you can learn biochemistry in a funny way of solving the clinical cases.
It can be used as a main textbook for self study.
I strongly recommend the Marks for all medical students.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best biochemistry book (easy and comprehensive) 19 Oct 2001
By George Washington - Published on
I love this book on biochemistry simply because it was the easiest to read, with diagrams and pictures even dumb people like me can read (gg). I also found that it is very comprehensive also. Some of the other titles I've read on the subject (Lippincott, Harper's) did not go into the detail of this one. Another positive note is that this is a clinical book also; giving you case studies in each chapter to test your knowledge. I can't say enough about this book and even referred it to one of my friends. Although not required in Chiropractic College (Lippincott was), it should have been the standard.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource. 12 July 2000
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I am a medical student and it is a very easy to understand textbook. Recommend to buy to keep in handy. It is updated with current research.
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