The New Chemistry: A Showcase for Modern Chemistry and its ApplicationsBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7289.802/a (Published 31 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:802
- Jeremy Playfer, consultant physician in geriatric medicine
- Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Ed Nina Hall
Cambridge University Press, £30, pp 493
ISBN 0521 45224 4
Medicine and chemistry are intimately related. One extreme view of doctors is as infantrymen firing molecules developed by chemists at targets ordained by molecular biologists. Even the most holistic practitioner accepts that chemical literacy is essential. As medical education shifts from foundationalism to problem oriented learning, chemistry remains a mandatory A level. Having not studied chemistry formally for over 30 years, I was drawn to this attractively produced book, hoping to refresh my knowledge.
I discovered an uncompromising yet pleasurable return to basics, well illustrated by the first chapter, …