How We Die, Reflections on Life's Final Chapter Test | Final 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. When did symptoms indicate that Ishmael Garcia’s lungs were infected?

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

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

4. The word “virus” derives from the Latin “virus,” which means what?

5. According to the author in Chapter 12, “Death belongs to the dying and” who?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author begin Chapter 12? What does Dr. Nuland cite as his learning experiences in this chapter?

2. Why does the author use chimney sweeps as an example in Chapter 10?

3. What author does Dr. Nuland cite in Chapter 12? Why?

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

5. What is stated regarding the statistics of suicide in Chapter 7?

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

7. How is the etymology of cancer related to its progression as a disease?

8. What case study does the author cite in discussing AIDS and HIV in the beginning of Chapter 8?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe and analyze mortality rates for the elderly in the past century. How has the lifespan of Americans evolved since 1900? What has caused this increase in the American lifespan? How has the extended lifespan of Americans affected the increase in Alzheimer’s disease?

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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