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A book is a rendezvous with the author. Books written with love and passion for a subject are unique masterpieces. They reflect the author’s perception of the subject blended with personal touches.
Since my childhood I have adored brilliant brains whose creations let human race evolve. Writing a book was one of my big dreams of childhood. While doing my MBBS and MD, I remember how difficult it was to differentiate syndromes and metabolic intermediates on the question paper. I often say:
“Biochemistry is more volatile than acetone. I reach the second line and first one is gone.”
The desire to convert biochemistry into a memorable subject for students as well as faculty needed expression. Why should medical subjects be boring and dull? I wanted to present the toughest topics in such a funny and unique manner that it leaves an imprint on the memory. The process took me around six to eight months and every topic was read several times so that I was able to create the pathway in my head. The second step was to relate it to some ordinary phenomenon. For some topics, small mnemonics were developed. Conventional scientific text related to the topic was given in the chapter’s beginning to refresh old synapses followed by new ways to learn it. Colored visual presentations are always easy to remember and recollect.
The index of this book includes selected core topics of biochemistry such as Glycolsis, Kreb’s cycle, electron transport chain, fat metabolism, heme synthesis and porphyrias, urea cycle and related disorders, ceramide derivatives and related disorders, mucopolysaccharidoses and nucleotide pathways. I have tried to link mnemonics with some logic, for example in the urea cycle story, carbon dioxide and ammonia are compared to thieves – bad guys in as much as these gases are truly bad for body. Similarly in the electron transport chain story, ubiquinone Q is shown as a train as it moves between two membranes of mitochondria, just like train on the tracks.
What will I suggest to you?
Read the book with full concentration so that you understand the mnemonics quite well. The exercises in the end of the book are meant for writing what you have grasped. There are very fine details in mnemonics, whether it is a picture mnemonic, story mnemonic or formula. Enjoy the mnemonics and you won’t forget biochemistry.
I relished writing this book, making the tricks and drawing the illustrations. The moment of presenting this to readers is as beautiful as writing it was.
About the book
Dr. Kumari has converted cycles and difficult pathways into very simple formula, very short stories and images which will help readers see familiar things in complicated cycles and better visualize biochemistry. Sweet Biochemistry: Remembering Structures, Cycles, and Pathways by Mnemonics makes biochemistry lively, interesting and memorable by connecting objects, images and stories.
About the author
Dr. Asha Kumari is a young medical biochemist. Her parent institute is Pt. BD Sharma, PGIMS, Rohtak, from where she completed her MBBS and MD Biochemistry in 2014. She is presently working as a demonstrator in the Department of Biochemistry of the same prestigious institute. She is a member of Association of Medical Biochemists of India. She is actively involved in medical research and has written papers in international and national journals. She is second child of Sh. Dayanand and Smt. Burfo Devi. Her elder and younger brother has always encouraged her talents. Personally, she is versatile – a good dancer, painter, singer and a sportswomen. Her native place is Rohtak, Haryana, India. She believes that ‘science is religion and religion is science’. Dr. Asha has a deep interest in improving the teaching methods in medical field. This book is her first endeavor in the same direction.
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