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. What word from Chapter 10 refers to any abnormal new growth of tissue, or tumor?

2. What does the Latin phrase “Arsmorendi is ars vivendi” mean?

3. According to the author in Chapter 10, contemporary medicine is responsible for the five-year remission rate of childhood leukemia now being nearly what percent?

4. The author states in the Epilogue, “I am more interested in how a man lives than” what?

5. Who discovered and studied the tobacco mosaic virus in 1892?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What made Robert DeMatteis memorable to Dr. Nuland as a patient?

5. What did Dr. Nuland conclude of his decisions regarding his brother’s care in Chapter 11?

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

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

8. What is the underlying influence for a person’s capacity for hope when facing terminal disease, according to the author in Chapter 11?

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

10. What does the author state in regard to the stigma of AIDS and HIV in Chapter 8?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe and analyze the symptoms, progression, and prognosis for Alzheimer’s disease. What are the first signs of the disease’s onset? How does the progression eventually lead to the death of the patient? What causes Alzheimer's disease?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of endorphins and their role in easing death for trauma patients as well as “near-death experiences.” Why does the author state that the theory of endorphin release after trauma has insufficient evidence for proof? How is the theory illustrated in the case study of Katie Mason?

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