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Sherwin B. Nuland
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When was Percival Pott born?
(a) 1776.
(b) 1714.
(c) 1653.
(d) 1839.

2. The author writes in the Epilogue, “A family grasps at a straw that comes in the form of” what?
(a) “An urban legend.”
(b) “A newspaper article.”
(c) “A bible verse.”
(d) “A statistic.”

3. What profession did Robert DeMatteis have?
(a) Schoolteacher.
(b) Computer guru.
(c) Doctor.
(d) Attorney.

4. What refers to any one of a number of viruses that infect bacteria?
(a) Endorphins.
(b) Bacteriophage.
(c) Ventricles.
(d) Lymphocyte.

5. According to the author in Chapter 12, “The Hippocratic philosophy of medicine declares that nothing should be more important to a physician than” what?
(a) Treating only patients with insurance.
(b) A continuous study of medicine.
(c) The best interests of the patient.
(d) The total curing of a disease.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dr. Nuland say influenced the medical decisions he made in his brother's care in Chapter 11?

2. Approximately when was Hippocrates born?

3. The author claims in the Epilogue, “I will not allow a specialist to decide” what?

4. Harold Bliss was the first documented case of death by what means?

5. Incidents of tuberculosis in AIDS patients are said to be how many times greater than non-AIDS related cases?

Short Essay Questions

1. What problems and diseases are associated with those infected with AIDS, according to the author in Chapter 9?

2. What does the author state regarding dignity in death in the Epilogue?

3. How does the author describe the development of HIV and AIDS knowledge in the medical community in Chapter 8?

4. What conclusions did John Seidman reach regarding death and the dying?

5. According to the author in Chapter 11, what is most often the influencing factor in treating the terminally ill?

6. How do accidents, suicide, and euthanasia differ from other causes of death, according to the author in Chapter 7?

7. Why is understanding the finite quality of life important, according to Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland?

8. What does Dr. Nuland suggest regarding the works of William Osler and Lewis Thomas in Chapter 7?

9. How is the progression of AIDS described in Chapter 9?

10. What does the author relate regarding one’s quality of life in the Epilogue?

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