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We've decided not to do an in-class exam, so these quiz questions are not for that. But they'll still get you a run if you ace them, and I hope they'll still give us something worth thinking & talking about.
Ch.6 Letting Go
1. What was AG's "insight" about elder care? (What must be "curbed," to give the best care?) 149
2. What % of lung cancers occur in nonsmokers? OR, What's the median survival rate with chemo? 151
3. What does ars moriendi mean? Why is it no longer practiced, to the extent it was in the past? 156
4. What's the goal of hospice? 160-61
5. Who wrote "The Median Isn't the Message"? 170
(BONUS: Who wrote "The Medium Is the Message"?)
6. What is "concurrent care"? What did a study of it reveal about patient outcomes? 176
BONUS: What brought end-of-life costs down in La Crosse, Wisconsin to half the national average? 180
BONUS: "You don't want Custer. You want Robert E. Lee." Why? 187
1. "When should we try to fix and when should we not?"
2. Should oncologists avoid words like "respond" and "long term"?
3. "What would you want your doctors to do?" If cost were no object, you'd presumably want them to do more than we do if it is. But would that be good, since "few are good at knowing when to stop"? 154
4. "How's your pain on a scale of 1 to 10?": I find this a very difficult question. Do you? Can you help me do a better job of answering it?
5. AG was reluctant to dissuade Sara from entertaining the "sheer fantasy" that an experimental therapy might cure both her cancers, but is also sympathetic to those who seek the solace of the "long tail" 171... What would you want to hear, from your doc, in Sara's situation?
6. Was Health Net right? 175
7. Would chocolate ice cream and football (or some mundane equivalent) be worth the pain of intensive treatment (radiation, chemo etc.) to you? 183