Do not buy this book.
If you’re still reading I can see that I’m going to have to work a little harder to try and convince you why you shouldn’t but first let’s start with the good bits. Most medical students quickly resign themselves to the fact they’ll never understand biochemistry and those that do persevere die trying to understand it. This book is aimed at students and the amount of information provided is about right to carry you until you are sufficiently far along the curriculum to forget it all anyway. Unfortunately, this book is not written for medics and the last 80% or so of this text is completely irrelevant. What little bits of the text that are applicable do not explain new concepts very well to the uninitiated, so if you already understood it you’ll understand it (so no need to buy the book) but if you didn’t get it, you still won’t once you’ve read this (so once again there’s no need to rush out to the bookshop).
Remember: don’t give in to peer pressure, especially from your lecturers when they tell you that the book they wrote is, (unsurprisingly) the best one!
Reviewed By: Ian Anderson (08.05.2006)