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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. Sacks says that the only way to test the family connection theory of migraines is to see if a child with migraines in his family develops migraines when living with a ____________.

2. The woman then began to feel an irresistible urge to _________, which then served as a warning for her migraines.

3. The ________ who was restricted from normal social activities might be suffering from migraines as a result of depression.

4. The combination of _________ in the case of the woman with the impotent husband and the delinquent child might cause her headaches.

5. The ________ is the word traditionally associated with the sensory illusions that a migraine sufferer may experience.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the common cause of migraines for younger patients, with the attack happening after instead of during the activity?

2. Why do many migraine sufferers tend to rub one side of their head when they are in the midst of a migraine?

3. What is the problem that Sacks has with saying that migraines can run in families?

4. What are the classic symptoms of a migraine, according to Sacks' experience with his patients?

5. What can often be a secondary factor to the migraine pain, according to the author of this book?

6. What can be confusing about an aura's presence, according to Sacks in this book?

7. What is likely to aggravate the pain of a migraine, according to the author of this book?

8. What are the causes of serious losses of fluids during the experience of a migraine, according to Sacks?

9. What are some of the visual sensory hallucinations that migraine patients have seen in their experiences before migraines?

10. What did the fifty-three year old female patient say characterized the start of her migraines?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Reymond is a doctor who discusses his own pain in order to help other migraine sufferers.

Part 1: Do you think that a firsthand experience is the best way to learn about a disorder?

Part 2: How do you think Reymond's condition might affect his ability to describe migraines?

Part 3: Why do you think that migraines are important to Sacks if he doesn't suffer from them?

Essay Topic 2

At one point, a doctor coined terms for migraines, based on what the patients looked like when they were suffering.

Part 1: Do you think medical condition names should include the appearance of the patient?

Part 2: Why do you thin Reymond decided to label migraine patients by their appearance?

Part 3: How do you think medical conditions should be labeled and named?

Essay Topic 3

Doctors don't seem to be able to point out just one cause for a migraine, making treatment all the more difficult.

Part 1: Why do you think it's difficult to diagnose the cause of migraines?

Part 2: How do you think research could be changed to find the causes of migraines?

Part 3: Do you think there is one single cause of migraines? Why or why not?

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