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From our view of what knowledge makes up biochemistry, Doctor Leicester's history is grossly unbalanced. He spends half of his pages on getting into the 18th century, when modern biochemistry began, and the rest of the book only just reaches Avery, MacLeod, and McCarty, and Watson and Crick. For most of the growth of biochemistry in the next twenty years we are referred to Watson's Molecular Biology of the Gene and Stent's Molecular Genetics.
This is better conceptual history up to the 19th century than that in Rothschuh's History of Physiology, which covers much the same ground as Leicester's book
Development of Biochemical Concepts from Ancient to Modern Times.. Ann Intern Med. ;82:131. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-1-131_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(1):131.
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