Migraine Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 there is no way to predict every stage of a migraine as the migraine is, by definition, __________ in nature.

2. Where is the physicist du Bois Reymond from, according to the descriptions in this manuscript?

3. Most patients, it seems, have an irresistible urge to _________ when they are suffering from a migraine, according to the studies in this book.

4. Sacks has found the the cause of some monthly migraines for women might be the result of a new ____________ regimen.

5. __________ migraines are always present in those who have cases of severe nausea along with their pain.

Short Essay Questions

1. In the case study presented by Sacks, where does the forty-four year old man believe that he is during a hallucination?

2. What causes it to be difficult to determine the difference between migraines and epilepsy?

3. What is something that Sacks has never seen, but he has heard of in relation to the aura before a migraine?

4. What does Sacks have to say about the tendency of migraines to be a part of one's life throughout the years?

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

6. What do some researchers feel is not a cause of migraines as adults, according to Sacks' research?

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

8. What problems do some researchers and physicians believe can happen as the result of migraines that a patient might experience?

9. What sorts of migraine situations does Sacks say are rare and fairly uncommon in reference to visual hallucinations?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

For many people, the idea of a migraine is something they might not ever experience, so this book might be difficult to understand.

Part 1: Why do you think it's important for a book about migraines to be written?

Part 2: Do you think that people who don't suffer from migraines will benefit from this book?

Part 3: How do you think migraine sufferers can benefit from this book?

Essay Topic 3

Sacks notes that some migraine sufferers have them early in life, but then the pain tapers off.

Part 1: Why do you think migraines might taper off as one gets older?

Part 2: How do you think a patient should look at the possibility that their migraines might go away someday?

Part 3: Do you think it's fair to tell a patient that they just need to wait out their migraine pain?

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