How We Die, Reflections on Life's Final Chapter Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sherwin B. Nuland
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who first identified and named Alzheimer’s disease?

2. What refers to an often serious and body-altering physical injury, such as the removal of a limb?

3. Dr. Nuland was in what year of his medical studies when he encountered James McCarty?

4. According to the author in Chapter 1, James McCarty was the picture of what when he was admitted to the university hospital?

5. At the time the book was written, Dr. Nuland claimed that nearly how many Americans would die every day of ischemia?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dr. Nuland say regarding the bureaucracy of death in Chapter 3?

2. What statistics does Dr. Nuland provide relating to ischemic heart disease in Chapter 1?

3. What medical progress has been made in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, according to the author in Chapter 5?

4. What medical procedure did Dr. Nuland Perform on James McCarty? What was the outcome?

5. What is a pathophysiologist? How does this relate to etymology, according to the author in Chapter 5?

6. How does the author go about explaining the heart’s functions in Chapter 2?

7. What medical advances does the author cite in the study of myocardial infarction in Chapter 2?

8. What does Dr. Nuland suggest as the cause for the sense of peace that describes certain individuals who die through severe trauma in Chapter 6?

9. When did the author encounter James McCarty? How is McCarty depicted in Chapter 1?

10. What case study does the author use as an example in his discussion of Alzheimer’s in Chapter 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization. How is “death” defined by each of these organizations? How must death be accounted for? Why does Dr. Nuland refer to death as having been turned into a bureaucracy?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the case study of Irv Lipsiner in Chapter 1. Why does Lipsiner stand apart as an anomaly? What was his history with heart problems? How did he recover from cardiac collapse?

Essay Topic 3

Define and discuss ischemic heart disease. What are the symptoms, methods of diagnosis, and prognosis for individuals with ischemic heart disease? How do statistics differ for those treated and untreated for the disease? Who is at greatest risk for this disease?

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