Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Final Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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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. Dr. Worthington was willing to testify to what?

2. What did the funeral director miss when preparing the body for funeral?

3. What does Baden claim in the cause of failure for the ME system?

4. What did Sklar do following Paul's murder?

5. What did Catherine steal while Paul was in the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the symptoms of a heroin overdose, and how it kills.

2. Describe how Barry Schwartz and Kenneth Hess were killed by the other inmates.

3. Explain what Baden notices about Sunny's levels of alcohol and barbiturates, and why he calculates them as fatal levels at the time of her coma.

4. Describe the potassium eye fluid test.

5. Describe why a body in the desert mummifies, and why a body in the Arctic stays bacteria free.

6. Explain how and why Jascalevich killed the patients of other doctors.

7. Explain what Baden and his team found when they became part of the medical review board that monitors prison deaths, and how those issues were addressed.

8. Explain the situation that causes some teenagers and adults to accidentally commit suicide by hanging during sexual experimentation.

9. Explain how Carl Cappolino killed William E. Farber.

10. Explain the disparity between Dr. Lee's issued cause of death and Baden's issued cause of death for Dr. Brown.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the mistakes that led to the original conviction of Claus von Bulow. From what did the EMTs who delivered Sunny, his wife, believe she was suffering ? What caused the hospital staff to disagree? What mistake did they make as a result? Following their assumptions, what mistakes did the lab make in testing Sunny's samples? Why did this lead to false information? What assumptions were made about the insulin needle? What turned out to be the truth? What does this say about the importance of proper procedures in this position?

Essay Topic 2

There are several cases in the book where individuals take part in the death of another person, but are determined to be innocent of wrongdoing. These cases include the case of Daphne Mellon, the doctor and nurse in Chapter 10, and the Sutton Place banker, Robert. Choose one of these cases, and discuss the following:

1.) What was the cause of death for the victim?

2.) What were the circumstances surrounding their death?

3.) Why was no one convicted of their murder?

4.) Do you think that the person(s) involved in the victim's death should have been brought to trial? Why or why not? What is the difference between your chosen case, and the case of Cathy Smith, who served time for giving John Belushi his last drug injection? Why was she brought to justice, but the people in your chosen case were not? What does this say about the current system?

Be sure to go into specific detail about why these deaths were considered accidents, even though someone else was present, or contributed to the death.

Essay Topic 3

In the Mary Beth Tinning case, nine children died before someone thought to question the parents of the children. MEs, hospital staff, neighbors, friends, social services, and others all had the same information, but refused to question the situation.

Part 1.) Explain the circumstances that allowed this tragedy to unfold.

Part 2.) Discuss the SIDS diagnosis, in terms of why it is seldom questioned.

Part 3.) Write a brief opinion statement, noting whether you believe the system is partially responsible for these deaths, and why.

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