The Daddy of biochemistry books. If you look something up you’ll find the answer; you probably won’t understand it, but you’ll find it. This book is both huge and expensive. It’s a pain to lug around with you and it stands a decent chance of breaking your bookcase but when your friends come to visit it’ll make you look dead clever.
Most of this book is well over the heads of most medics but that’s ok – we don’t need to know it all anyway. The book is quite complex throughout but well-illustrated and logical nonetheless.
Given the poor choice of biochemistry texts out there and the fact that no one will ever write one that makes the subject 1) fun or 2) understandable. I’d say that this is the book to go for. I know forty quid seems like a lot of cash (and it is a lot of cash) but you can probably sell the book for £25-30 to a first year next year so you’ve only spent £10-15 on it really. Besides, the other option is to get Instant Notes In Biochemistry which will still cost you £19 and you won’t be able to sell it on for more than 10p because it’s such an atrocious book.
Reviewed By: Ian Anderson (11.08.2006)