Textbook Of Biochemistry
Needless to say, biochemistry is a broad topic that includes a lot of subspecialties that you will need to study to become a successful physician one day. In Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, you will find it easy to understand the concept of each specialty and how it applies in the field of medicine.
Textbook of Biochemistry
As the title suggests, this book is more inclined to give its readers a much clearer perspective on the foundations of biochemistry. Regardless of its subject, learning the fundamentals is always a great way to master the discipline.
Fundamentals Of Biochemistry will present you with the basics of biochemistry to help you prepare for scientific challenges that you might encounter in your studies. It is written concisely for faster and better comprehension.
This book discusses everything from the basics to updated journals where readers can access in-depth knowledge about biochemistry. It is also equipped with appropriate illustrations and diagrams, which are great for visual learners.
Even though this book includes the essentials of biochemistry, you may get intimidated at first by the detailed figures and advanced content that Biochemistry contains. It might be better if you had some prior knowledge about biochem before getting this one.
The author, Peter Ronner, has been teaching biochemistry since 1995. He wrote this book, along with a team of professional reviewers, to provide the fundamentals of biochemistry through reader-friendly text and illustrations.
The author knows how some students may find biochemistry not that interesting to read. To solve this dilemma, Harvey Lodish developed a different approach based on clinical applications and experiments to lure students into reading the book.
Molecular Cell Biology is an excellent reference guide that relates cell biology to human health and disease. However, take note that this book assumes that you already have some prior knowledge about biochemistry.
Saving the best for last, the Color Atlas Of Biochemistry is the perfect choice for students who learn better with visual representation. It provides beautiful illustrations that depict mammalian and human biochemistry in over 200 color palettes.
It contains a short introduction to chemistry and main topics in biochemistry. It also discusses the relationships between biological functions and chemical structures in terms of information transfer.
The Color Atlas Of Biochemistry effectively combines color graphics and figure legends to familiarize medical students with the different systems involved in biochemistry. It also features 3D images for important molecules, atoms, and cell organelles.
The topics covered in this book are useful for a first semester survey of biochemistry course. It covers the basic topics found in most biochemistry courses. This includes the major macromolecules (proteins, nucleic acids and lipids) and the major...read more
The topics covered in this book are useful for a first semester survey of biochemistry course. It covers the basic topics found in most biochemistry courses. This includes the major macromolecules (proteins, nucleic acids and lipids) and the major metabolic pathways. Details are lacking for teaching these topics at a more advanced level, so the book is less useful for a two semester sequence. Although there is a glossary at the end, it appears to be information collected from a variety of sources. Format varies greatly for each entry, as does depth of content. The glossary can be searched only using the search feature of the program used to open the PDF (eg. Acrobat Reader). The table of contents is very general, and so not useful for finding subtopics within the text. No index is provided. There is also no outline of the contents at the start of each chapter, so it is hard to identify where to find information. Steady state is discussed only within the context of Michaelis-Menten kinetics, and the topic of flux through pathways is not directly discussed (other than in the glossary). There is no organized discussion of diabetes, metabolic syndrome or inborn errors of metabolism. Individual instructors should evaluate the content and assess if it is thorough enough for their specific needs (for some it will be, for others it likely will not). The textbook does provide "point by point" sections for most topics (later in the text), which students can use as study guides or as a set of brief notes.
For the most part the content is accurate. There are some specific issues, for example the graphs about enzyme catalyzed reactions are missing the enzyme-substrate complex formation step. Thermodynamics information is provided for many topics and appears to be accurate. Information about a single topic is sometimes spread across multiple (physically unconnected) sections of the textbook, but the information is there. Details are provided about a variety of biochemical examples, and those details appear to be accurate as well.
There is a consistent layout of each section of the book. The specific order of topics is different than some textbooks, but the order of topics is still useful. The terminology is consistent, although some terms are defined only in the glossary and not in the main text.The glossary is quite large (more than half the pages of the PDF download), but the formatting is very inconsistent across entries. Entry length, font size, depth of coverage and layout is different for each entry.
The modularity could be improved. There is not a detailed table of contents or an index, nor are there chapter/section outlines provided for the different chapters/sections. In addition, although section headings are provided they are not numbered or otherwise labeled, making it more difficult to assign specific sections for reading. Content is sometimes distributed across multiple sections, which could pose a challenge for some topics. This could be a more challenging textbook to use if a course utilizes a different flow of information that what is laid out.
The textbook has a different flow of information than some books, although there is no one consistent pattern across textbooks in biochemistry. I prefer the order of this book in terms of discussing ETC and oxidative phosphorylation before discussing metabolic pathways, but others will not. Metabolic pathways are presented in very large blended chunks. For example the sugar metabolism section covers glycolysis, PPP, gluconeogenesis, the Cori cycle, fermentation, the glucose alanine cycle, glycogenesis, glycogenolysis, and the Calvin cycle. This is a lot of information for students to digest in one section, although some will prefer this overview approach rather than exploring each topic separately.
The book really needs a detailed table of contents or an index to allow users to fully maximize the information. There are many links in the textbook, and quite a few do not work properly (either listed as content coming or do not work anymore). This is distracting to the user, as the links are very prominent within the textbook.Image and table resolution varies, so some are pixelated when viewed. Many images and tables have a "drop shadow" behind the text, making them difficult to read (a concern for users with vision issues). The read aloud feature is erratic with this text, and it was hard to follow the flow of information. I was unable to access alt text for any images, nor did the read aloud feature read any alt text. This textbook may not meet accessibility requirements for your campus.
There are quite a few "extras" provided with this textbook. The author provides links to PowerPoints as well as some video recordings of class lectures. There are also some interactive online tools provided. Old exams and brief notes are provided for students.
The material covered is fairly similar to other biochemistry textbooks, but does lack some of the details of a more comprehensive biochemistry text (i.e. Lehninger's text). This isn't a negative, just an observation. The order in which the...read more
The material covered is fairly similar to other biochemistry textbooks, but does lack some of the details of a more comprehensive biochemistry text (i.e. Lehninger's text). This isn't a negative, just an observation. The order in which the concepts are presented is different, but again still fairly complete.
The material for the basics and background for biochemistry are unlikely to change, so in that sense they are relevant. The way in which the material is presented, i.e. the formatting, does make it difficult to follow at times. The tables and figures are not always near the relevant text and often there are figures/tables that appear before the section in the text. Again, this could be a formatting issue.
This book is essentially a PDF file of over 3600 pages. When the file is downloaded onto a student's computer, the hyperlinks in the table of contents do not link to bookmarks in the file, which means that this book is harder to navigate offline. If you want to read the text as you would a hard copy, then finding the chapter by page number and reading through the chapter is simple enough, but if you want the benefit of an electronic textbook, this text is more limited than other electronic books in that regard. The hyperlinks to the online resources (videos, images, etc) will take students to the appropriate web resource.
The authors have provided a thorough coverage of core concepts with key information of a first-semester college course in biochemistry. Descriptions are kept brief and to the point. With over 30 years of classroom experience and their three...read more
This book current version (1.3) is published in 2018 and thoroughly up to date, reflecting the subject as it is taught in the classroom today. For example, 3-D structures of the proteins were once conventionally thought to have relatively fixed based on the crystal structure. However, with the recent progress of the Cryogenic electron microscopy (cryo-EM) techniques, people found that many proteins have intrinsically disordered region that allows them to flexibly interact to a wider variety of partners. This book is suitable for one semester biochemistry introduction class. 041b061a72