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Book Review: Erasing Death : The Science That Is Rewriting The Boundaries Between Life and Death by Sam Parnia MD and Josh Young

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Erasing Death:The Science That Is Rewriting The Boundaries Between Life and Death by Sam Parnia MD and Josh Young is a fascinating book on the
intricacies of reversing the death process.

The art has developed at a modest pace from 1749-1949. Initially, resuscitation was the popular mode for reversing death through CPR and cardiac massage. Practitioners would utilize closed chest compression and mouth to mouth resuscitation to bring back people who were in the throes of dying.

Dr. Parnia describes electric shock therapy which was used to shock the heart back into operation.

Dr. Lance Becker explains how cells can die more quickly with full oxygenation as is done with artificial oxygenation. Further research showed that cooling processes reduce swelling and pressure. And so, many deaths have been prevented by cooling the patient.

Newly developed techniques have proven to be effective in revitalizing both the mind and body. These techniques are employed in roughly half of the medical facilities throughout the United States and Europe.

The author explains that with oxygenation, fat globules are deposited into the
bloodstream. From there, they go into the brain and heart where capillaries are small. The fat globules open to release oxygen thereby slowing cell death
significantly after a person dies. The path of the calpain enzyme is blocked,
which results in slowing brain damage significantly.

The book explains how a patient can go from consciousness to a sleep mode for days or even years at a time. After resuscitation, patients had a good recollection of the people who treated them. And so, the human mind and psyche continue on after the first few moments of near-death, according to Dr. Parnia.

Erasing Death:The Science That Is Rewriting The Boundaries Between Life and Death is a wonderful book which takes readers to the outer frontiers of medicine, body and soul. The presentation will be enjoyed by a wide audience – no specialist knowledge necessary.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.