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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical; 27 edition (1 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071461973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071461979
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 823,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Originally published in 1939, this enduring reference/text continues with its mission to introduce biochemistry concepts to medical and health sciences students in concise text supported with graphs, charts, and diagrams. Updating the 2003 26th edition (which was drastically revised to make it shorter), the 27th includes substantial revisions as well as new coverage of bioinformatics and computational biology. Topics are each treated in about 10 pages and are presented under the themes of: structures and functions of proteins and enzymes; bioenergetics and the metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids; metabolism of proteins and amino acids; structure, function and replication of informational macromolecules; biochemistry of extracellular and intracellular communication; and special topics (e.g. nutrition, digestion and absorption, muscle and the cytoskeleton). The authors introduce each concept with discussion of its biomedical importance." (Sci-Tech Book News 2006-09-01)

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Most up-to-date biochemistry text on the market
User-friendly approach to the fundamentals of biochemistry
Includes new chapters on amino acids and peptides, primary structure of proteins, and the Human Genome Project
Extensive illustration program --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By "etherseed" on 13 Jan. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the book for medical students in the first years to have. It has the necessary information for the first and second years (more than enough)in medical school. It has sintetic and yet complete information (Text, clinical correlations, and lots of pictures and schemes) of the most important aspects of this complex subject that is biochemistry. Definetely a "five star" book.
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By ej1574 on 17 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
After struggling with the huge tome-like recommended texts all year, I found this handy book in the run up to exams and it helped immensely with revision. Topics are broken down into short chapters with concise information, and plenty of figures and diagrams, this book really helped me get to grips with the subject.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
We use the book as our biochemistry textbook. But it is very hard to read. I seldom can find satisfatory answer in this book, and sometimes even confused with the words. On the other hand, although the figure in the book is not enchanted, it is very clear. In summary, it may be a good book for someone who wants to review biochemistry, but not a good introductory book for students.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Mar. 1999
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bassically that
It is the text we used in our course, and we (the students) didn't like it very much and resorted to other books.
Harper's is not detailed enough in some things, and is very random in its thoughts. It doesn't explain things clearly. Quite hard to read.
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Not for Everybody 31 May 2005
By Book Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It seems that people like this book a lot or don't like it at all. I must admit, I don't like it very much. However, I think it depends a lot on: 1) your biochem background, and 2) your personal reading style. Someone mentioned to me that Harper's is like a graduate school text - full of detailed information and appropriate if your background in biochem is sound. However, most first year med students are not biochem majors and need a text that is easier to read (and enjoy). I bought Harper's 26th edition and also Lippincott's Illustrated Review (3rd ed.). They both cover similar topics (not necessarily in the same order), but they differ (significantly) in the way each presents the material. Different chapters in Harper's are written by various authors which creates a glaring inconsistency throughout the book. Many of the chapters are well written but some are just plain awful. The chapters that are poorly written make it difficult to nail down the main points. I often find important information embedded in the book's "essay-type" format. Illustrations are ok, but nothing to write home about. Biosynthetic pathways, for example, are squeezed onto one page with very small print. Sometimes these diagrams are so "busy" that it takes more effort than should be necessary to untangle the important concepts, and quite frankly, is simply uninteresting to look at.

Conversely, Lippincott has wonderfully full-coloured illustrations that are professionally drawn, easier to understand, get to the point, and are visually interesting. Besides the great illustrations, the text throughout Lippincott is consistent, clear, and concise. Topics in each chapter are broken down in easy to digest sub-topics and the entire text book is superior in its organization compared to Harper's (which is basically a compilation of essays). Important concepts stand out and crucial information is not couched as it is in Harper's. However, like I said, if your background in biochem is strong, then you already know what is important and Harper's may well suit your needs. My suggestion is: if you have a strong background in biochem, don't mind superfluous language (i.e. "essay-type" text), and don't care for pretty pictures, then go for Harper's. My instructor raves about Harper's, but ironically, has to use many other sources for his lectures and seminars. If biochem is not your "thing" to begin with, and you like subject material that is concise, well illustrated, and easy (enjoyable) to read, then choose Lippincott (and maybe buy a used copy of Harper's as a reference text, as I did).
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Gret book 4 July 2000
By Vasco G Furtado Goncalves - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think this book has been quite underrated by most reviewers. I think this probably happened because they expected this book to be a typical textbook on the subject. THIS IS NOT IT! This is not only a very concise and straight-to-the-point book but also a reference for extra-quick study because in the end of each chapter it as a quite complete and easy to read summary which allows you to check if you really understood the preceding pages. One other aspect that is important for me as a medical student is that this book also talks about the clinical correlations of a theme, allowing you to integrate the most important topics in your memory. One last advice: you can follow this book by itself but if you really want to have perfect knowledge on a subject get a book like Devlin's biochemistry to complete your study a lot more.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
great for review 19 Nov. 2005
By Doc Dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While this book may not give quite the same level of detail found in some of the more massive and expensive intro to biochem texts, it is nevertheless a valuable reference. The fundamentals are all here, in an admirably clear and concise form. That makes going back to review much easier than with the fat books. In that way, this book fills an important gap in the field of available texts. If however one comes across a particularly difficult concept, the concise explanations may leave them wanting or needing more. In fairness though, I think a lot of the fatter books have the same drawback despite their longwindedness. Afterall, biochemistry can be pretty tough no matter what book you're looking at. If you are using the book as part of a class, then theoretically that is why there is an instructor, lectures and tutorial sessions. Admittedly, and to the student's detriment, the system doesn't always work out that way. I've found the book to be excellent for review because of its brevity and clarity. This book also gets high marks for attempting to point out the clinical relevance of the material, something that cannot be said for the majority of the big textbooks.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
It is really a hard book to read 12 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We use the book as our biochemistry textbook. But it is very hard to read. I seldom can find satisfatory answer in this book, and sometimes even confused with the words. On the other hand, although the figure in the book is not enchanted, it is very clear. In summary, it may be a good book for someone who wants to review biochemistry, but not a good introductory book for students.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It Is Not A Textbook ! It Is A Referance Book! 14 Oct. 2001
By Ali Al Sinan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book, at least from my point of view, is not a good book to grasp the core concepts of Biochemistry from at the beginning of your biochemistry course.Actually,it is a tool by which you can get a deep understanding of the subject by the aid of other books that can give you the full picture of Biochemistry. Its advantage is in that it covers in details many of the topics that other books usually do not cover. I remember many times finding myself opening the book looking for some details that some professors mention as extra bits which are not found in the other textbooks and present in this book. I recommend it as a reference book for medical students but not a textbook.
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