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Book Review: The Sourcebook of Medical Science by Torstar Books

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The Sourcebook of Medical Science by Torstar Books is a rare acquisition which contains a foldout of the major body systems; such as, the salivary glands, esophagus, liver, gallbladder, stomach, bile duct and pancreas. Each major body part is easy to locate so that readers can easily trace the source of pain signals.

The presentation has very detailed color pictures of the lymph nodes, the lymphatic center and the lymphatic vessel. In addition, the entire spinal cord is highlighted with the dura matter and the vertebrae. There is an extensive presentation on the liver which includes a display of healthy tissue versus the cirrhotic liver.

The book contains a major exhibit on tooth structure highlighting the enamel, dentine and pulp structures very prominently. The presentation has a very detailed explanation of immune response which includes macrophages, neutrophils, B cells, suppressors, killer and helper cells which attack invading organisms.

The classic inflammatory reactions are explained; wherein, mast cells release histamine, fluids and proteins leak causing swelling and phagocytes engulf or digest bacteria. There is a magnificent stained cross-section of the Islets of Langerhorns which represent areas of endocrine tissue in the pancreas. Here, the sugar controlling hormone insulin is produced.

The book closes with an extensive drug chart. The chart explains analgesics, anti-arrhythmics, antiserums, antivenins and other classic drugs. The Sourcebook of Medical Science by Torstar Books is a very valuable acquisition for any medical reference library. Readers of this book should consult with their medical providers, as soon as,  chronic pain manifests itself.

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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.