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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  1,002 ratings  ·  40 reviews
With a balance of topic coverage and depth this updated fourth edition covers the subject of biochemistry, and reflects the advances made in this field since the third edition published in 1988. These advances are incorporated without loss of historical perspective and without obscuring the main goal of the text: to teach the enduring fundamentals of the discipline. ...more
Hardcover, Fourth Edition, 1064 pages
Published 1995 by W.H. Freeman & Company (first published 1975)
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Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally done with this one
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as much fun as Lehninger's. I used it primarily for the review questions rather than read it from cover to cover.
Simeon Lazarus Hubbard
One of the most dependable Biochemistry books out there. Only rivalled by Voet.
Maia Lanfranco
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must for any students following an undergraduate course which includes study units in biochemistry. It presents the various biochemical concepts and processes very clearly, making them much easier to understand by the reader. Convenient summaries at the back of each chapter make it easier to revise a chapter quickly while still highlighting all of the important points in that particular chapter. A very helpful book which will definitely be a great aid to me during my university ...more
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book helped me a lot through my course in Biochemistry. There was only one issue with this book! It was too heavy to carry around! LOL

Otherwise, it was very well organised and quite well-written with all the pictures and illustrations to help with the understanding of some basic concepts in biochemistry. :)
Bharat Bhardwaj
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best book for any life science student, easy language and explanation.
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book was my Bible a few years ago ;)
Christine Ricci
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's pretty easy to understand, but sometimes it glosses over topics that it shouldn't.
The best Biochem Book out there!
Ashley Hart
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, science
One of the best Biochemistry books that I have read including classroom assigned literature and self-discovered books. The layout and content of this book is very efficient and enjoyable to both newbies to the science genre and life long scientists. The authors do a great job of conveying lifetimes of scientific information to the masses in both an educational and stimulating approach. The information is very thorough and up-to-date in the field of Biochemistry. Reading this book with such ...more
Mihai Rusoaie
Disclaimer: I am not a medical student, nor I have read everything in this book. I am a "General Reader".
This textbook gives tremendous insights on what proteins, DNA, RNA, enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, fats, cholesterol, glucose, insulin, metabolism are and how they work.
Text is filled with real life examples such as alcool metabolism, insulin regulation and much more.
This text just puts all the pieces of the metabolism puzzle together.
Dutchess Gi
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great study book, with good questions to help you learn.
No answers to check yours unfortunately.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, fakultet, ebook
I liked this book, because it had explained the concepts in a simple and attractive way. Was a good help for some crucial knowledge I had to refresh.
Syed Furkhan
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
biochemistry is essential for everyone
Steve Stuart
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is of the third edition. Considering that it was published more than 20 years ago and we have seen revolutionary changes in biotechnology in those two decades, this review may not be applicable to later editions, and it is difficult to judge this book by contemporary standards.

Biotechnology has advanced rapidly, but the underlying biochemistry has not changed, of course, and Stryer is an excellent text to learn it from. I am not a biochemist, and this is the book that convinced me I
The order of the book is very convenient to learn first the basic concepts then to apply these concepts to understand more confusing topics.I've been taking biochem. courses for two semesters and i've learned general mechanisms and regulation of the basic metabolic pathways very well from this book.However,it lacks deep knowledge about genetic effects caused to alter the mechanisms and enzyme regulations,Some explanations are just based on the chemistry of the molecules,metabolites etc but not ...more
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There is no easy way to teach biochemistry, the subject is simply vast and atrociously detailed. However, textbooks can be a great asset to try to provide a big-picture view of the almost too-detailed molecular understanding of biochemistry. In this aspect, this book fulfilled its job. Since I did not use the exercises found at the end of the chapters, I cannot comment on their quality. However, as a reference material I found the book to be more than adequate. I would definitely recommend it to ...more
Fefia - lost in the north
ok, I have to admit that chemistry isn't really my favorite course but this book sucked big time! The authors tried to make a story out of facts and it just didn't work well. I've read other books about biochemistry, so I know what I'm talking about when I say this book was complicated, boring and confusing. The information which should be together is dispersed. The sentences instead of being short and consistent are more like when a person uses big words hoping to sound smart. Beating around ...more
Jordan Matz
I was SERIOUSLY disappointed in this book. I had heard great things about it, but it was not helpful to someone just learning biochemistry for the first time and the pictures were neither appealing, helpful, cohesive, concise, or appropriate.
I'm done with biochem for this semester. This book is getting cleared out until the next, probably.
med school is killing me
More summer reading. I could only find the third edition in the library unfortunately, but it will do while my other books come.
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C Miller
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
One of my UCSB textbooks. Actually not bad.
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my go-to book for all my biochemistry modules, good level of detail and very useful images
I think it is a very good book in the field of biochemistry
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: textbooks
As far as textbooks go...this one is superior!
Mar 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hey- don't we all love biochem?!
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything about is all right but the part of genetic it needs a lot more data. The only question it leaves me is, why you eliminated some chapter or shorter them?
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still more than years after graduation a book that I use.
Well written, logical and informatie
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