Clinical Biochemistry Made Ridiculously Simple

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Emphasizes the metabolic pathways (carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids) and their diseases, for medical students and other health professionals. Includes a large color map of  “Biochemistry Land” (an amusement park in which clinical biochemistry can be visualized as a whole).

Medical students often complain that their biochemistry courses do not focus on clinical relevance. This book, while not a reference book or a dissertation on all aspects of biochemistry, selects the most clinically relevant material that every clinician should know, and presents it in a way that enables the student to quickly see the subject as a conceptual whole. For biochemistry courses.

Excellent USMLE Board Review.


Book Details






Edition 3 (November 15, 2010)




Includes Illustrated Map of Biochemistry Land

About The Author

Stephen  Goldberg

Stephen Goldberg, MD, a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, trained in Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Family Medicine. He is a neurologic researcher, teacher, computer programmer, writer, editor, and president of the Medmaster publishing company. Dr. Goldberg has published numerous papers on neuronal development and regeneration through research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, New York Medical College and the University of Miami. He is the author of the best-selling book, Clinical Neuroanatomy Made Ridiculously Simple, as well as the interactive computer program Neurologic Localization. As a coordinator of neuroanatomy education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for 25 years, his reputation is that of an educator who can simplify complex topics. He received the George Paff Most Outstanding Professor Teaching Award 11 times at the U of M and was invited to be the keynote speaker at the medical school graduation commencement at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 2004. He has also authored textbooks of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Biostatistics, Neurology, Ophthalmology and Computer Programming, as well as many interactive computer programs on a variety of medical topics.


Chapter 1. Overview of Biochemistryland. Where is Biochemistryland? How to use this book.
Chapter 2. The Main Powerhouse. The Energy Hall of Fame. The Main Hallway, the Ferris Wheel (Krebs Cycle) and the Ferris Wheel Generator (oxidative phosphorylation). The Saloon (alcohol metabolism). Where is the Main Powerhouse? Summary of Connections of the Main Powerhouse.
Chapter 3. Carbohydrateland. The Penthouse Powerhouse. The Carbohydrateland Storage Room. The Ice Cream Parlor. Conjugation Area. Where is Carbohydrateland? Summary of key connections of Carbohydrateland.
Chapter 4. Lipidland. The Central Sector of Lipidland: The Up and Down Roller Coasters. The Ketone Playhouse. The Western Sector of Lipidland: The Lipid Storage Room. Phosphatidylywink Village. Sphingo’s Curio Shoppe. The Frog Pond (prostaglandins). The Eastern Sector of Lipidland (Channel #5 and the Sex and Bile zones of Sterol Forest). Where is Lipidland? Key connections of Lipidland.
Chapter 5. The Amino Acid Midway. Functions of the amino acids. The Urea Rest Room. Where is the Amino Acid Midway? Summary of connections of the Amino Acid Midway.
Chapter 6. Combo Circle. Lipoprotein Theatre. Glycolipid Theatre. Glycoprotein Theatre.
Chapter 7. The DNA Funhouse. Replication. Transcription. Translation. Nucleotide Degradation. Where is the DNA Funhouse? Summary of Connections of the DNA Funhouse.
Chapter 8. Porphy’s Hemeland. Where is Porphy’s Hemeland? Key connections of Porphy’s Hemeland.
Chapter 9. The Infirmary. Vitamins, Hormones, Minerals, Drugs, Lab tests.
Chapter 10. Clinical Review. A guided tour through Biochemistryland using the Biochemistryland map. Clinical conditions referrable to the different lands.
Chapter 11. Beyond Biochemistryland.
Appendix I. Isomers
Appendix II. Enzyme Glossary.
Structural Index
General Index

10 reviews for Clinical Biochemistry Made Ridiculously Simple

  1. Tracy – make bioche so much fun and ridiculouse easy to remember!!!

    To prepare my medical exams, I have to read tons of books. But this book prepare me so well in my nutrition and pharmacology class. I can talk and discuss with professors like pro. The book has an outstanding mindmap: A biochemistry amusement park!!!!!. Instead of list all those boring reactions and chemistry compounds base on organ system. The book catagorizes the reaction based on main powerhouse, carbonhydrateland… Lots of fun to read the map during the study. I spend 2 nights to finish the book and then another 10 or 15 minutes to memorize the biochemistry mind-map. The pass the exams like a piece of cake. Thank you Dr. Stephen Goldberg, you did a great job and help a lousy and lazy student like me a lot!!! I love biochemistry and all those hormones stuff now!!!

  2. A. A. Ade – Loved it

    Loved it. At the end of biochemistry class, I had a look at the map that came along with the book and I actually knew everything on it! Books like these aren’t meant to be review books, they’re really more ‘overview’ books that orient you to the subject. If you’re a big picture thinker like me then this sort of book is indispensable!

  3. Maureen A Hennessy – Extremely helpful

    This book is a Godsend for medical students or anyone else trying to master this difficult subject. While it is definitely NOT ridiculously simple, it is presented in a format designed for easier learning than the usual textbook. I highly recommend this book, as well as others published by MedMaster.

  4. Patricia I. – Good overview

    This book was the recommended study tool to prepare for a biochem clep test for my physician associate program. Each section is concise and explains things very well; the author uses colloquial language so it’s not as bad as some textbooks. He uses the idea that the body is an amusement park and makes analogies of what each system does in the park. I prefer more visuals, especially in color, and this book has very few so that’s why I don’t give it 5 stars. (I passed the clep test thanks to it 🙂 )

  5. nasrawi – Awesome

    Every MRS book this author publishes is awesome. This book is no exception. It’s definitely not a detailed or comprehensive review. But it sure tied everything together for me, fast.

  6. Dionysia Hahn – Best series for med/premed etc students

    Saved me while studying biochem the entire series is fantastic

  7. Audreywrong – Clever and fun!

    This book is awesome! It’s such a clever spin on Biochemistry that makes the content so interesting and fun! (Never thought I would be saying that!!)

  8. katherine mclaurin – Extremely helpful

    I found this book to supplement my Biochemistry class and keep reinforcing the important points. The map is a must for using this book correctly- it even shows the glycogen disorders at the point they stop in the cycle.

  9. Cecelia D. – This book is really wonderful. It’s like a big summary very simple to understand

    Very good book if you have some familiarity with the subject. Very helpful, easy reading, the strict biochemical part. For busy folks.

  10. Igor Georgievskiy – Best review if you know biochemistry

    Best one-day review book. 99 pages only!!!!But you need to have a good background in biochemistry. Clinical section is amazing and full as well as “infirmary section” on vitamins and hormones.

    Do not read this book if you don’t know the ropes of biochemistry.

    Want to systematize your knowledge of biochemistry – read it!

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