© 1996

Introduction to Molecular Medicine

  • A unique volume that is sent to all medical meetings and does well across all medical disciplines, the book explains the basic principles of molecular biology and its impact on medicine with a detailed look at current and future applications.

  • An area of basic science that many physicians and residents need a refresher on, the book tackles the human genome, gene regulation, and recombinant DNA technology in an easy-to-read, concise format.


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Basics of Molecular Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dennis W. Ross
      Pages 3-16
    3. Dennis W. Ross
      Pages 17-26
    4. Dennis W. Ross
      Pages 27-50
    5. Dennis W. Ross
      Pages 51-60
  3. Molecular Approach to Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Dennis W. Ross
      Pages 63-83
    3. Dennis W. Ross
      Pages 85-109
    4. Dennis W. Ross
      Pages 111-127
    5. Dennis W. Ross
      Pages 129-161
    6. Dennis W. Ross
      Pages 163-174
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 175-178

About this book


In the four years since the first edition of this book was published, the molecular revolution has continued. DNA has been named by Time maga­ zine as the Molecule of the Year, a Nobel Prize has been awarded to a young man for the invention of the polymerase chain reaction, and televi­ sion viewers have learned of the DNA fingerprint. Molecular technology in medicine is increasing. The availability of DNA probes for cancer suscepti­ bility is stressing our system of insurance, testing our ideas about medical ethics, and teaching us new things about cancer. In this edition, I have added a number of new sections, as well as a new chapter. New examples of molecular medicine have been added to demonstrate current applications of this technology. The basic concepts of molecular biology remain the basis for the first three chapters of the book. The excitement surrounding molec­ ular medicine that I mentioned in the preface to the first edition continues. It is now tinged with a touch of awe and a little bit of fear at the changes that recombinant DNA technology has brought to our society. v Preface to the First Edition This book describes the discoveries that have created a field called molecu­ lar medicine. The use of recombinant DNA technology in medical research and most recently in medical practice constitutes a revolutionary tool in our study of disease.


Immune System Laboratoriumsdiagnostik Molekularbiologie Molekulargenetik infectious disease infectious diseases molecular medicine regulation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The School of Medicine, Department of PathologyUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Department of PathologyForsyth Memorial HospitalWinston-SalemUSA

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" excellent little book, summarizing perfectly well the tools at the disposal of the clinician and their applications on a limited number of diseases. The book is clear, very objective and will be useful for all students in medicine and for all practitioners." Cellular and Molecular Biology