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The Metabolism of Living Tissues


    SIB F. GOWLAND HOPKINS has written a foreword in which he calls this a highly original book. Its chief claim to originality probably lies in its popular style, which strays from the narrow vocabulary generally used in scientific works in a way that is likely to shock the purists. The book is meant to be read straight through by students of biochemistry at the beginning of their course, and is likely to appeal to such readers. Advantage has been taken of the fact that the contemplation of structural formulæ brings æsthetic satisfaction to many who do not really understand them. Such contemplation is encouraged by an invitation to compare the formula of the lactoflavin in vitamin B2 with the prosthetic group of Warburg's yellow pigment. The two substances are identical, but it takes the beginner some time to discover this fact because the two versions of the formula are written differently.

    The Metabolism of Living Tissues

    By Dr. Eric Holmes. Pp. xi + 235. (Cambridge: At the University Press, 1937.) 7s. 6d. net.

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