Annual Review of Biochemistry


DURING the past few decades, progress in biochemistry has accelerated to such an extent that few active workers in the subject can afford the time to keep abreast of all the major advances by reading original papers. This particularly applies to the university teacher, who, if he is, as he should be, also a research worker, may find that his free time from the laboratory is nearly fully occupied in reading original papers relevant to his own field of research, leaving him little leisure in which to keep his lectures up to date. The recognition of this state of affairs by a group of Californian biochemists led to the publication in 1932 of the first volume of the “Annual Review of Biochemistry”. The intention of the editors, as is clearly stated in the preface to this first volume, was to provide some relief from “the task of constantly referring to original works” by providing, annually, critical and up-to-date surveys of the literature in some twenty to thirty major fields of interest in biochemistry.

Annual Review of Biochemistry

Edited by James Murray Luck James H. C. Smith. Vol. 14. Pp. xi + 856. (Stanford University P.O., Calif.: Annual Reviews, Inc.; London: H. K. Lewis and Co., Ltd., 1945.)

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MARRIAN, G. Annual Review of Biochemistry. Nature 157, 460–461 (1946).

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