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Chapter-01 Introduction to Biochemistry and Cell
Textbook of Biochemistry & Biophysics for Nurses

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  1. Sharma Suresh K
ISBN 9789350907320
DOI 10.5005/jp/books/12310_1
Edition 1/e
Publishing Year 2014
Pages 17
Author Affiliations
  1. Professor and Principal, College of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
Chapter Keywords Biochemistry, cell, Prokaryotic cell, Eukaryotic cell, components of cell, Nursing, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology
This chapter tells about the importance of Biochemistry in nursing as nurses are the largest group in health care organizations who are directly involved in promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services. Difference between Prokaryotic cell and Eukaryotic cell has been illustrated in tabular form, by highlighting there distinct features. This chapter also broadly defines the structure of cell and its various components along the function of each and every organelle. Nursing is considered as oldest art and youngest science; therefore nursing professionals base their advanced nursing knowledge on the knowledge acquired from the basic sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology and so on. Biochemistry is concerned with the composition, characterization and transformation of matter. Thus, biochemistry can be defined as a science which tells us about the chemical constituents of living cell and the reactions and processes that they undergo. Nurses take care of sick patients who cannot care of themselves with varying level of medical conditions. Therefore, nurses need to be equipped with basic knowledge of biochemistry so that they understand the biochemical basis of disease condition and further understand the changes occurred in biochemical constitution of patient’s body during the course of illness so that they can inform about the disease progression and recovery of the patient.