Chapter 12: Humor as Medicine
One style is self-serving, while the other style serves others. In the first style, an individual displays self-enhancing humor and a humorous outlook on life and can maintain this positive perspective even when faced with potentially stressful events and situations. These individuals also use humor as a coping strategy to minimize negative emotions and keep a realistic perspective on life.
Chapter 14: Jehovah’s Witnesses
The father spoke softly but with conviction. My first reaction was that he was unusually articulate for a man identified as a strawberry farmer. He proceeded to explain, “I and my family are Jehovah’s Witnesses. I am the head of my household and am responsible for the spiritual, financial and moral support of my family. I have raised my children to be Jehovah’s Witnesses. My understanding of the Bible, which guides my life, tells me that we must not take blood into our body. For this reason, I cannot and will not accept a blood transfusion for my son. I realize that he is in grave danger of death. But to violate my religious beliefs by allowing you to transfuse my son with blood would offend my God, Jehovah, at a time when I need Him most.”
Chapter 15: The Oldest Man in the World
Physicians are concerned about a national healthcare policy in which treatment is restricted just based on age. Relying on age alone, without additional factors such as frailty, quality of life and concurrent diseases, is something we must avoid. Besides, the organs of the same person age at different rates.
Chapter 10: Wombmates
It is commonly believed mirror image twins have finger, palm and heel prints that are mirror images of one another. But that belief is not true. The prints of any pair of identical twins are more alike than are the prints of two unrelated people, with a high correlation of loops, valleys, whorls and ridges. As with all identical twins, however, the details of hand and foot prints in mirror image twins are not identical—nor are they mirror images.
Contrary to popular belief, a trained German Shepherd police dog can unerringly distinguish the difference in scent between identical twins. There is probably no epigenetic basis for this. It is thought to be due to their exposure to different infections throughout life.