My Own Country: A Doctor's Story of a Town and Its People in the Age of AIDS Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Abraham Verghese
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Essay Topic 1

Using examples from "My Own Country", discuss the reasons why Abraham decided to specialize in infectious diseases.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss why the staff at the VA hospital sometimes had problems with foreign physicians. Use examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Using examples from the book, explain what Abraham meant when he said that doctors were reimbursed for doing, not for thinking.

Essay Topic 4

Compare and contrast how nurses and hospital staff treated AIDS patients at the Miracle Center. Use examples from the book.

Essay Topic 5

Using examples from "My Own Country", compare and contrast the reactions of families when they learned that a family member was HIV-infected.

Essay Topic 6

Compare and contrast Abraham's view of the physician-patient relationship with the views of other doctors mentioned in the book.

Essay Topic 7

Explain the conflict that Abraham struggled with concerning his desire to help his patients as much...

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