Critical and Creative Thinking Questions
1. After a car accident, surgeons had to remove Saud's ruptured
spleen. What is the role of the spleen, and what consequences
will Saud have as a result of its loss?
2. Jill is allergic to bee venom. In case she gets stung, she carries
injectable epinephrine with her to prevent anaphylactic shock.
What is anaphylactic shock, and how does epinephrine help?
3. Rachel gets a seasonal flu shot each year to prevent influenza.
For a couple days after her latest shot, she felt sick with flu-
like symptoms. Explain how flu vaccines work to prevent this
disease and why Rachel felt this way.
4. Robert was filing some papers and received a cut on his finger.
Later, he noticed some pain, redness, swelling, and warmth
around the area of the cut. Explain the physiological events
that account for his symptoms.
5. Sarah's mom has been bedridden in the hospital for several
months. The nurses come in and manually “exercise" her legs
to prevent edema (swelling). Explain how manipulating her
limbs would help inhibit edema.
What is happening in this picture?
This patient has developed a rare disease involving
reddish brown skin tumors on his back and shoulders.
He has also complained of fatigue, joint pain, weight
loss, and night sweats. All of these symptoms could be
related to a single disorder.
What is happening in this picture? 367
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