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Essays on Medicine

Types Of Muscle
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... is contraction. There are three different kinds of muscle tissue: striated muscle, smooth muscle, and cardiac muscle. Most of the body’s muscle consists of striated muscle, which is the skeletal muscle. It is also called voluntary muscle because it can be consciously controlled through the central nervous system. Smooth muscle is the muscle of the internal organs and is called involuntary because it is not under voluntary control. Cardiac muscle is a special type of muscle found only in the heart. It consists of linked fibers that contract in unison producing the heartbeat. Skeletal, or Striated Muscle Tissue: This type of muscle is composed of long fiber ...



Chinese Medicine
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... as we do in the West, as needing to be proven to reach the highest degree of truth. A Chinese doctor can look at the kidney as a machine and think of it as a reflection of universe.(2) He can apply two different disease classification systems, cold damage or warm damage where he feels it is appropriate, without being deterred by contradictions between the two.(3) One (Western) method of gaining knowledge is analysis. It is the method of breaking things into component parts to understand the whole. This method has been applied in China, but not to the same level as in the West. Analysis is one of the important features of all western modern scienc ...



Cigarette Smoking
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... health and it pollutes the enviroment. Smokers feel they have had the right to smoke in a public place for so long that it should not be taken away. Resturants and businesses should be allowed to set their own smoking rules, based on demands of the customers. Also business may decrease if they do not allow smokers the right to smoke, ecspecially bars and restaurants. The work place is another problem for smokers, now they have to go outside even in the winter to have a cigarette, even though they used to be able to smoke inside.A strong supporter on smokers rights is Democratic Assemblyman Dick Floyd, who wanted to vote for a controversial smokers right bill. ...



Mercy Killing Or Just Plain Killing: The Euthanasia Debate
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... issue of euthanasia. Euthanasia, or “mercy killing,” as it has been called, is certainly not an issue with just two sides. There are many shades of gray involved, so to speak. Euthanasia, after all, ranges from simply allowing an individual to die naturally without life support or “pulling the plug” (passive euthanasia), all the way to Jack Kevorkian’s suicide machine (active euthanasia). To complicate things further, there is also voluntary euthanasia, “Cases in which patient requests to be killed, and dies as a result of action taken by another person,” involuntary euthanasia; “cases in which no action is requested because the patient is unconscious, senile ...



Teenage Smoking
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... adults were giving up cigarettes in droves, and no one in the country could miss the message linking tobacco to cancer, strokes, emphysema, and heart disease. University of Michigan’s Lloyd Johnston, who directs the annual survey says: “ One in four regular smokers will die from this product. I don’t know of any other product, including guns, that has that death rate.” Each year more than 1 million American children under 18 become regular smokers, according to the Federal Office on Smoking and Health. That means they replace at least two thirds of the adult smoker who either quit or die.” Congress banned advertising on television and radio in 1971. Cigarette ma ...



Psychoanalysis
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... what was going on inside the unconscious part of their minds, thus helping the unconscious become conscious. Many cases of hysteria were cured this way, and in 1895, Freud, along with another fellow physician, published their findings and theories on the study of hysteria. In The White Hotel by D. M. Thomas, the character Lisa does not exhibit the above form of hysteria, but rather a manifestation of reality. Her own reality has become too imprisoned, and she escapes it by creating another Lisa that is nothing like her person. The traditional psychoanalytical theory states that all human beings are born with instinctual drives that are constantly active even though ...



Nursing Homes And The Lutheran Home For The Aging
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... Hygiene degree(Associate Degree). She explained to me that at the time she was hired at the nursing home it was not necessary for social workers to have to take a test in order to obtain a license and a position in the social work field, a position that she held for twelve years explained to me how she was "Grandfathered" into her social worker position and did not have to take a test for a license until it was required after years of responsible and professional work in the Home for the Aging. The Lutheran Home for the Aging was founded in 1906 by John C. Koch, with the motivation and desire to promote residential care for his fellow aging Lutheran constit ...



The Sports Medicine Profession
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... risks of participating in various sports. Almost all of these attempts have focused on sports in an organized setting, for younger age groups, and have involved relatively short-term observations. With the recent increase in participation in general fitness activities, and with such participation being encouraged by the medical community as a public health intervention to promote healthy lifestyles, it often is not realized there is little or no dependable data available to assess the risks involved in participation in physical activities. Much effort is being expended in defining the benefits of exercise, but little is being done to define risk levels. Such ...



Cholesterol
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... other substances it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog those arteries. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. The formation of a clot (or thrombus) in the region of this plaque can block the flow of blood to part of the heart muscle and cause a heart attack. If a clot blocks the flow of blood to part of the brain, the result is a stroke. A high level of LDL reflects an increased risk of heart disease. That is why LDL is often called "bad" . comes from two sources. It’s produced in your body, mostly in the liver (about 1,000 milligrams a day). And it’s found in foods that come from animals, such as meats, poultry, fish, seafood and dairy ...



Artificial Contraceptives
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... to have children. Another form of birth control is the intrauterine device or IUD. IUD’s are tiny metal or plastic loops or coils that are placed in the uterus. They have an effectiveness of 95-99%(Funk & Wagnall’s, pg.98). A physician must insert IUD’s, but they can remain there until it is desired to be removed for a pregnancy. Although they sound ideal, some women have experienced uterine cramps and increased menstrual flow when using an IUD. (Billings, pg.63) in fact, some devices increase the risk of pelvic infection(Funk & Wagnall’s, pg.98). Further, in Perry and Dawson’s book, Nightmare, they proclaim the dangers of IUDs. They focus, especial ...




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