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Rapid Review Biochemistry: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 3e Paperback – September 10, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0323068871 ISBN-10: 0323068871 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: Rapid Review
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Mosby; 3 edition (September 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0323068871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0323068871
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John W. Pelley, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX; and Edward F. Goljan, MD, Professor and Chairman of Pathology, Oklahoma State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa, OK.

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This book has made learning biochem very easy.
Eneida Miranda
One thing I have always loved about Goljan's review books is that they are easy to read and stress a good conceptual framework.
Sailing123
I used this book as a supplement for Step1 studying with my First Aid.
JP

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Liu on October 26, 2010
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Lippincott's illustrated review is too wordy. This is what I need to prepare for the boards. good charts and short, concise bullet-pointed contents makes review fast and easy.

con: costs too much for a 150 page book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Goss on January 26, 2012
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There's a distinction between an excellent, well written and well organized summary vs. pages of poorly written scribbles. This book can't be used to study for Biochemistry. It has no clinical correlation. It has few diagrams and those in there are black and white and poorly illustrated. The book supposedly included practice question but to access any of those you have to register your book online and you get only 12 months to practice after which the questions you supposedly paid for are wasted. Worthless book. Does not deserve to be included in the Rapid Review series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JP on May 16, 2012
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First off, if you aren't a fan of the Rapid Review/Goljan outline formatted text, proceed with caution. It's definitely not for everyone.

I used this book as a supplement for Step1 studying with my First Aid. It was a great review of all things biochem that I had forgotten since early first year. It's definitely not the most substantial biochem book available, but I thought it was very useful for Step 1. Step 1 doesn't require PhD-depth of knowledge of biochem (which we were all probably taught as fist year med students). So this book was useful in cutting out the excess we were all taught and gets down to the important enzymes, reactions, co-factors, and such. There are also useful clinical correlates.

Overall, I thought this book was EXTREMELY useful as a supplement to the lacking First Aid. I actually wish I had this book first year, as it would have clarified many topics.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MD_too on February 1, 2012
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I used this book Pelley 3ed and Champe 4ed as fundamental preparation for Step1, which I recently passed (Jan 2012). I feel that the foundation provided by the Bchm review allowed me to proceed through the other topic areas without always having that nagging feeling as to what was being talked about when a reference to Bchm was made in the discussion.

I spent about 15 intense days of review in both books. I augmented the book reviews with about 20 Bchm questions from USMLE World every other evening or so. World has about 200+ questions classed as Bchm.

Neither the Champe or Pelley/Goljan texts are complete. Also I must say that the absolutely the best reviews and explanations came from USMLE World during their answer explanations. Go figure ...

As an example consider the topic, metabolism. Champe covers the standard information in 5 or 6 chapters. Very basic clinical correlations are included and go into sufficient Bchm detail to be of value in understanding the issue. Also more complex Bchm processes specific to the particular metabolic process being discussed are introduced (ie, signal transduction) are introduced and explained in glucose metabolism. This can be helpful or distracting depending on your background.

Champe's last chapters on metabolism cover nitrogen/protein metabolism. And at least to me never really finish an adequate overview on aspects on protein metabolism, particularly on integration with other macronutrients. Champe includes a chapter on insulin and glucagon, as well as a chapter on integration of glucose, lipid and nitrogen metabolism as a whole. The integration chapter is probably the most incomplete and I had to go constantly to Wikipedia for even "general details" particularly regarding the influence of protein metabolism ...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sailing123 on April 6, 2011
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One thing I have always loved about Goljan's review books is that they are easy to read and stress a good conceptual framework. He uses an outline format but they are mostly complete sentences.

My only criticism is that Rapid Review Biochemistry feels a little rushed and like it doesn't have 100% attention to detail, especially in the tables. To compare, Rapid Review Pathology is a little more of a polished book. For instance, under cobalamin deficiency (Table 4-1), achlorhydria is listed as a sign/symptom. Okay, if you have cobalamin deficiency secondary to pernicious anemia that's definitely true, but it's not quite true as written. Small things like this add up. Still one of the better biochem review books in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hwang on April 29, 2013
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The book contains "Most" of the information you may need for undergrade biochem "1st~2nd yr"
It contains "The Best" flow diagram for metabolic pathways that depict succinct pictures.
I have tried many, many ways to reduce down, and integrate metabolic pathways, but this book has those well in well organised manner, which helped me to fully integrate everything.
Another thing, It contains very good summery of metabolite diseases you need to relating biochemistry, However, again it is not a full list, it contains "Most" of what you need to know, but not all,

because it may lack "details" you may need to know, by saying that, Knowing everything in this book will not mean that you will get 95% above from exam, It does lack a few stuff that you may need to know ;
I advise that you "Annotate" this book, and Add more stuff in it "it has good amount of rooms on edges" with your lecture notes and textbooks to prepare for undergrade exams or usmle.

Also, it is a review book, so I advise not to study from it, only recall info from it.
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