Medical Biochemistry at a Glance 3rd Edition PDF
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The subject matter in Medical Biochemistry at a Glance is selected from the biochemistry content of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 : the most popular guide used by students preparing for examinations. As such, it is written for medical students, but is equally accessible to students of the biomedical sciences such as biochemists, medical laboratory scientists, veterinary scientists, dentists, pharmacologists, physiologists, physiotherapists, nutritionists, food scientists, nurses, medical physicists, microbiologists and students of sports science. This book aspires to present medical biochemistry in the concise two – page format of the “ At a Glance ” series.
Students who study biochemistry as a subsidiary part of their course are frequently overwhelmed by the complexity and huge amount of detail involved. Lecturers will be familiar with the anxious expression of students as they complain “ How much of this do we need to know? ” or “ Do we need to memorise all the structural formulae and the chemical reactions? ” In fairness, biochemistry is a complex and heavily detailed subject. Students should have two objectives: (i) to study and understand biochemical concepts and reactions but not necessarily memorise the structural details, (ii) to prepare for examinations by determining the amount of detail required by intelligent perusal of lecture notes and past examination papers.
Medical Biochemistry at a Glance is written with these two objectives in mind. Judicious study of the back inside cover featuring a metabolic chart including formulae and the enzymes catalysing the reactions plus the comprehensive chart on the front inside cover will enable an understanding of metabolic biochemistry. The enzymes which regulate metabolic pathways are indicated in both charts and throughout the book. In the text of the book, complex detail is subjugated to a faint background so as to emphasise the most important aspects of the topic. However, students must familiarise themselves with the requirements of their particular examination board to determine how much should be trusted to memory.
Finally, the inspiration for Medical Biochemistry at a Glance has developed from my book Metabolism at a Glance . The latter is a more advanced book but the similarity of style between these two books facilitates progression to a higher level by students specialising in metabolism and disorders of metabolism.
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