Class 11, NCERT English Core – SNAPSHOTS
(English Supplementary Reader)
Chapter 7, Birth – by A. J. Cronin
(NCERT Solutions of Snapshots Chapter Exercise Questions)
Question-1: "I have done something: oh, God! I've done something real at last.” Why does Andrew say this? What does it mean?
Answer-1: Dr. Andrew Manson, a young doctor just returned from a medical college with no experience was a newbie in this profession. He had opened his own surgical chamber in the neighborhood of drillers which was not going well. One day at around midnight he was informed by Joe Morgan that his wife was in labour and needed medical help. Joe and his wife, Susan Morgan married nearly twenty years ago were expecting their first child. Joe and his mother-in-law were feeling very nervous because the delivery of child was going to be before time. It took a long, tiresome effort of the doctor to complete the delivery. But unfortunately, Susan Morgan gave birth to an almost stillborn child and her own health condition started deteriorating.
The doctor became sad as well as afraid since this shock could be too much for the Morgans to bear. He was in a dilemma as to whose life he should save first. Dr. Andrew Manson had never faced such a difficult case before. Being a doctor, it was his duty to save a life. However, with his terrible efforts ultimately, he could save both lives. First, he saved the mother who lay collapsed, almost pulse less and then an almost stillborn baby that was nothing less than a miracle.
He thanked God and felt a sense of relief. As a doctor, he felt contented that at last he had done something successful. Therefore, he said the above words as he derived an immense satisfaction as a doctor. It was not only his duty that he had done, but he had brought life to both mother and child filling the Morgan family joy.
Question-2: "There lies a great difference between textbook medicine and the world of a practising physician". Discuss.
Answer-2: There lies a great difference between textbook medicine and the world of a practising physician. Textbooks provide doctor information regarding the symptoms of an ailment and the specific medicines for the treatment to be administered. However, the reality is stranger than fiction. A practising physician has to deal with all kinds of situations. Sometimes the textbook medicines and treatments don't click. Every doctor has to decide each case on merit. While practising a doctor has to bring in several innovations keeping in view the complexity of the case.
This is exactly what happens with Andrew Manson. He acts not strictly according to the textbook but acts instinctively. The results are wonderful. Here Andrew rightly diagnosed the symptoms that the child was suffering from asphyxia pallida. It was a case of suffocation or unconsciousness caused by the lack of oxygen and excess of carbon dioxide in the blood, accompanied by paleness of the skin, weak pulse, and loss of reflexes. He knew treatment and gave it to the child also, but the child did not respond. Then Andrew used an innovation and the child recovered. Hence, a practising physician has to use his brain along with his experience and knowledge of textbook medicines.
Question-3: Do you know of any incident when someone has been brought back to life from the brink of death through medical help? Discuss medical procedures such as organ transplant and organ regeneration that are used to save human life.
(Not important from exam point of view)
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