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ISBN-13: 978-0470227497 ISBN-10: 0470227494 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (August 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470227494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470227497
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Molecules and Medicine is a fascinating introduction to the convergence of chemistry and physiology, and to the emergence of the science of molecular medicine.” (The Nucleus, January 2010)

"Molecules and Medicine is extremely well organized and integrates history, chemistry, biology, and pharmacology of drug development seamlessly." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, September 2008)

"…I find this to be a useful book for somemone teaching a biochemistry class.  Use of examples and information from Molecules and Medicine should make material in lectures seem more relevant to students and assist motivation for learning." (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, May/June 2008)

"This is a treasure trove of information about molecules as medicines." (Education in Chemistry, May 2008)

"Molecules and Medicine is an engaging book that takes the reader into the world of small molecule clinical therapeutics and how they are discovered and used to improve health." (CHOICE, March 2008)

"…numerous colorful illustrations that help to explain the various topics covered make it easy and interesting reading." (ChemBioChem, March 2008)

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Molecules And Medicine

This book is appropriate for a broad readership, starting with curious and thoughtful college undergraduates and reaching beyond to professors and researchers in the life sciences, chemistry, and medicine. This book provides, for the first time ever, a completely integrated look at chemistry, biology, drug discovery, and medicine.

Molecules and Medicine delves into the discovery, application, and mode of action of more than one hundred of the most significant molecules now in use in modern medicine. Molecule structures and shapes are shown for all of these medicines. The opening sections of the book provide a unique, clear, and concise introduction which enables the reader to understand chemical formulas.


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Well written and very informative.
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The first chapter on chemical bonding and molecular structural formulas gives a good introduction or review for students.
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I strongly recommend this to any organic chemistry graduate or undergraduate student.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Alia on May 2, 2010
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This is a book for anyone with a little background in chemistry to a lot who is interested in how submicroscopic entities, molecules, are biologically active and are being used as medicine. The first chapter on chemical bonding and molecular structural formulas gives a good introduction or review for students. The rest of the book focuses on the molecules that constitute modern pharmaceuticals, their structure and activity. The book is organized to make it easy to find medicinal molecules based on there uses. The writing is concise and informative, and the illustrations are excellent. I recommend this book to students interested in medical fields and anyone interested in the molecular aspect of popular medicines. A truly excellent book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo A. Silva on May 29, 2009
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This is an excellent production. Well writen and illustrated.My only criticism is that the one page allotted to most of the molecules in the book is a little skimpy - at least for a chemist. Otherwise I think it is an excellent introduction for those with some chemistry background and certainly for undergraduate chemistry majors or even the better premeds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By genesrus on July 28, 2014
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Bought a hard copy several years ago and have found it very useful so also bought this for my ipad/kindle, June 2014. The text is written by Corey's team (nobel prize winner 1990?)

The Kindle edition has a few typos in it that are not there in the paperback - a shame b/c John Wiley could have created the Kindle edition without the typos creeping in, given that the text already exists in an electronic format and typo free. An example "Drugs Acting on the Nervoes System"

This book is broken down into therapeutic areas (TAs). If you are new to drug discovery some of TAs have a brief primer on the underlying biology, which is helpful. The level of detail is good - a history of the molecule, mechanism of action, and the key features of its chemistry. The structures are nicely done and some basic reactions and mechanisms are shown. The electronic version does not have any smiles format for the structures. The references are useful if you want to drill down further. The kindle version has links in the references but they don't really take you to the journal - maybe one day they will :-)

For someone interested in medicine and how drugs are created, without any science background at all, will have a tough time working through the text which is technical. A basic understanding of pharmacology will really help because while the book is technical, it is very readable and an excellent primer on the history of medicinal molecules! I also think for anyone taking these medications for chronic conditions this should be required reading - okay okay - a stretch goal!!

Hey Corey et al, have the publishers fix the typos!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sunny on March 1, 2008
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This is really a very interesting book that touches on some important aspects of drugs while covering the real breakthroughs in this field. The individual summaries on each of the drugs are very helpful, though brief and thus incomplete. However, you really do need a background in organic chemistry and biology to get the most out of it-- the book is oddly accessible and out of read at the same time.
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Is an excellent text book with valuable contribution to organic chemistry and their apply in medical issues. I recommend this book as a text guide for professionals in this area.
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