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Principles of Biochemistry (4th Edition) 4th Edition
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My chief complaints about the book are: 1) the illustrations require substantial updating to be compared to what is presently available even in inferior texts. 2) it lacks clinical/biological correlations and focuses instead on the quantitative nature of biochemistry (acid base calculations etc) Clinical correlations are certainly essential to applying biochemistry concepts. If this book had either or both of these two items, it would have earned 5 stars from me!
Instead, I recommend the following texts:
- Biochemistry: outstanding illustrations and concept coverage.
- Marks' Basic Medical Biochemistry: A Clinical Approach: outstanding clinical correlations with concise concept coverage and good illustrations (although not in full color)
- Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, Fourth Edition: outstanding text and illustrations!
So, in response to V. Kankanala below, student perspectives in these Amazon Reviews are very useful to those of us assigning the texts.
I used this textbook for a 300 level biochem1 course & it was very useful.
I have seen the 5th edition, and it's definitely an improvement. The "key" words are colored in red so they are easier to find, compared to this (4th) edition where they are either bolded or italicized which makes looking for that quick definition a bit of a pain. The 5th edition also has a few more figures/pictures that this book doesn't have, and the layout is a tad different, but still all the same info is there.
Moreover, there are a lot of errors in the answer key section. You can pay slightly more and buy Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, but at least you would have something that you can learn from. I would not recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a college Biology major and really enjoyed my biochemistry class but this book was awful! It was a hard read with pictures that were not very helpful to understanding the... Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by Shelby
Great book. I don't have any complaints. Looks like I need 13 more words to finish this review so herePublished on March 7, 2013 by Donald
OK...lets just get this out of the way: I didn't like this book. It has a lot of potential, but the chemistry part of it was a bore. Read morePublished on October 26, 2011 by Kazaam
It seems to be a good biochemistry textbook so far, but I am only two weeks into the semester. The illustrations fit well with what is in the text. Read morePublished on August 29, 2011 by Dlane2791
I purchased this product in good condition here on Amazon and was able to sell it in good condition on Ebay. Read morePublished on September 13, 2009 by 4NeedShopper