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. Where does author Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D. teach surgery and the history of medicine, according to the book’s Introduction?

2. What word from Chapter 6 refers to the iron-containing oxygen-transport metalloprotein in the red blood cells of humans?

3. How many of the most common disease categories does the author intend to focus on, according to the Introduction?

4. What word from Chapter 6 refers to the fatal process of blood loss, to a degree sufficient to cause death?

5. What is the title of Chapter 4 of the book?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the processes universal to dying described by the author in his Introduction?

3. How do the brain and heart change as a person ages, according to the author in Chapter 3?

4. What seven primary causes of death does the author cite for elderly patients in Chapter 4?

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

6. What happened when Dr. Nuland was doing Mr. McCarty’s paperwork, according to the author in Chapter 1?

7. How has the determination of death changed over time, according to the author in Chapter 2? What are Dr. Nuland’s conclusions of the determination of death?

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

9. What is related of Irv Lipsiner in Chapter 1? What was Lipsiner’s medical history?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the body’s need for oxygen and the symptoms and prognosis for shock. What is the significance of the quote, “man is an obligate aerobe”? How much blood is lost before a person enters the state of shock? How does the injury itself (i.e.: where the individual is losing blood from) affect the prognosis?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the works of William Osler and Lewis Thomas. What theories and philosophies did these individuals present? What were the Ingersoll Lectures? Why does the author view the philosophies of William Osler and Lewis Thomas to be deceiving?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the seven primary causes of death among the elderly, as presented in Chapter 4. Which of these causes is number one? Have the statistics for these causes changed since the publication of the book? According to the author, these seven causes will kill what percentage of the elderly population?

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