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A Complex Subject Made More Complex By Writing Style
am 25. Mai 2000
I take exception to the lavish praise heaped on this textbook. This may be the best biochem text available, but, it has numerous flaws that I believe Lubert Stryer's "Biochemistry" does (did) not have. First, the authors have a poor writing style, which includes long winded, convoluted sentences containing several ideas that could have been put in shorter, simpler sentences. The result of this is unclear meanings, loss of continuity of ideas, and awkward sentence structure. Second, terms are used without definiton. Third, appositon is used inappropriately and is so over used as to lead to confusion and obscurity of meaning. Fourth, verb phrases are sometimes separated so far from the subject and main idea of the sentence that you find yourself rereading the sentence, not so much for meaning, but more so for sorting out the structure. I could go on. There is much to be said for short, direct, simple sentences such as was Stryer's style. In conclusion, this text may have the relevant information necessary for an undergraduate course in biochemistry, but in my opinion, it is not well written.