Essentials of Medical Biochemistry

Essentials of Medical Biochemistry

With Clinical Cases

1st Edition - January 24, 2011

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  • Authors: Chung Eun Ha, N. V. Bhagavan
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080916880

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Expert biochemist N.V. Bhagavan’s new work condenses his successful Medical Biochemistry texts along with numerous case studies, to act as an extensive review and reference guide for both students and experts alike. The research-driven content includes four-color illustrations throughout to develop an understanding of the events and processes that are occurring at both the molecular and macrolecular levels of physiologic regulation, clinical effects, and interactions. Using thorough introductions, end of chapter reviews, fact-filled tables, and related multiple-choice questions, Bhagavan provides the reader with the most condensed yet detailed biochemistry overview available. More than a quick survey, this comprehensive text includes USMLE sample exams from Bhagavan himself, a previous coauthor.

Key Features

  • Clinical focus emphasizing relevant physiologic and pathophysiologic biochemical concepts
  • Interactive multiple-choice questions to prep for USMLE exams
  • Clinical case studies for understanding basic science, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases
  • Instructional overview figures, flowcharts, and tables to enhance understanding


Students in biochemistry and related premed and health care programs taking a ONE semester course from books identified in competition. Medical students will use this book primarily as a refresher to meet USMLE requirements. This is a subset of the general biochemistry market, which is the 3rd largest market in chemistry (after introductory chemistry and organic chemistry)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Cells – Structures and Functions
    2. Water, Acids, Bases, and Buffers
    3. Amino Acids
    4. Three-Dimensional Structure of Proteins
    5. Energetics of Biological Systems
    6. Enzymes and Enzyme Regulation
    7. Clinical Enzymology and Biomarkers of Tissue Injury
    8. Simple Carbohydrates
    9. Heteropolysaccharides I: Glycoconjugates, Glycoproteins and Glycolipids
    10. Connective Tissue: Fibrous and Non-Fibrous Proteins and Proteoglycans
    11. Gastroentestinal Digestion and Absorption
    12. Carbohydrate Metabolism I: Glycolysis and TCA Cycle
    13. Electron Transport Chain, Oxidative Phosphorylation, and Other Oxygen-consuming Systems
    14. Carbohydrate Metabolism II: Gluconeogenesis, Glycogen Synthesis and Breakdown, and Alternative Pathways
    15. Protein and Amino Acid Metabolism
    16. Lipids I: Fatty Acids and Eicosanoids
    17. Lipids II: Phospholipids, Glycosphingolipids, and Cholesterol
    18. Lipids III: Plasma Lipoproteins
    19. Contractile Systems
    20. Perturbations of Energy Metabolism: Obesity and Diabetes Mellitus
    21. Structure and properties of DNA
    22. DNA Replication, Repair, and Mutagenesis
    23. RNA and Protein Synthesis
    24. Regulation of Gene Expression
    25. Nucleotide Metabolism
    26. Hemoglobin
    27. Metabolism of Iron and Heme
    28. Endocrine Metabolism I: Introduction and Signal Transduction
    29. Endocrine Metabolism II: Hypothalamus and Pituitary
    30. Endocrine Metabolism III: Adrenal Glands
    31. Endocrine Metabolism IV: Thyroid Gland
    32. Endocrine Metabolism V: Reproductive System
    33. Immunology
    34. Biochemistry of Hemostasis
    35. Mineral Metabolism
    36. Vitamin Metabolism
    37. Water, Electrolytes, and Acid-Base Balance
    38. Case Studies

Product details

  • No. of pages: 600
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2011
  • Published: January 24, 2011
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080916880

About the Authors

Chung Eun Ha

Chung Eun Ha
Chung-Eun Ha is an Associate Professor in the department of Native Hawaiian Health

at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Since 2001,

he has been teaching medical biochemistry to students who come from disadvantaged

backgrounds. He is also actively involved in the various aspects of molecular biology

and biochemical research in the field of clinical medicine.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Native Hawaiian Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA

N. V. Bhagavan

N. V. Bhagavan
N. V. Bhagavan is an Emeritus Professor in the department of Anatomy, Biochemistry,

and Physiology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

An active professor, researcher, and teacher, he has many years of experience in both

the instruction and practice of clinical biochemistry.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, Department of Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Physiology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA

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