Migraine Test | Final 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. Physicians, according to Sacks, often make ______ decisions based on impertinent, improper, and irresponsible interpretations.

2. An important part of migraine treatment, according to Sacks, is to give the body the _______ it needs in order to make it through the event.

3. Sacks presents the argument between chaos and __________, in relation to migraines and to the universe.

4. There are a number of problems that are created by the myriad of _________ that a migraine might cause, according to Sacks.

5. To deny a migraine sufferer the use of ___________ would be cruel, according to Sacks in this book.

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do some researchers believe that manual compression will be helpful for the reduction of pain during the migraine?

2. What are the three categories of hallucinosis, according to the last section of the book?

3. What are some of the polygons that migraine patients have reported seeing as a part of their auras or hallucinations?

4. What does Sacks point out as causing complications in terms of finding accurate and consistent diagnoses?

5. What does Sacks believe would be cruel to do to a migraine patient, though he does not agree with this treatment?

6. What sort of person would be a person who can get an aggressive migraine, according to Sacks?

7. What happens when Sacks has a patient who will only agree to be treated with medications for their migraines?

8. What did Airy believe that migraine hallucinations allowed a person to do as a result of their appearance?

9. Why was Lashley mostly dismissed by his contemporaries in the migraine research field, according to the last section of this book?

10. What does Sacks see as happening with patients who are treated by physicians who make hasty decisions for their patients?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Some people seem to be prone to migraines when they are in highly emotional situations.

Part 1: Why do you think intense emotions can cause pain?

Part 2: How do you feel when you are in intensely emotional situations? Does your health status change?

Part 3: Do you think people who respond to emotional situations with physical pain are weak?

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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