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ASB 353-Cross Cultural Perspective on Death and Dying, 10 th Ed. Chapter 13-Risks, Perils and Traumatic Death Chapter Outline 1. Accidents and Injuries 2. Risk Taking 3. Disasters 4. Violence 5. War 6. Genocide 7. Terrorism 8. Horrendous Death 9. Emerging Infectious Diseases 10. Traumatic Death The authors begin the chapter by commenting on the Black Death that swept through Europe in the 14 th century and the plague which killed so many in London in 1665. Since then we have had the outbreak of polio, smallpox, AIDs and now Ebola that have caused the deaths of 100,000s of people around the world. And yet we still have environmental and biological risks that we face every day. I have read that there are over 9,000 chemicals added in the human food chain now. Yet, we still keep eating mass produced food and contribute to and breathe polluted air. The authors distinguish between unintentional and intentional injury. What is that distinction? And what examples of unintentional injuries? Motor vehicle and motor cycle accidents Home injuries such as fires and falls Leisure activities such as ski and horse backing riding accidents Weather-related accidents such as flooding, drought, snow Work related issues such as long-term exposure working with hazardous materials or handling complicated machines Wow! There are risks all around us! And what about job stress? Why do some of us take more risks than others? What are the “risks” of death? Do some of you risk death in your leisure activities? Drinking too much and driving; swimming, snow skiing, climbing in high-risk areas? Do you think you risk dying unnecessarily? Do you know others who do? It seems that those people who die from high risk sports have a special impact on others in the sport. Can you think of examples? Maybe a different way to think about risk-taking behavior is to think about risks in terms of probabilities. I remember reading about the likelihood of getting anthrax as compared to being killed in an airplane crash; the airplane crash was more likely. Should knowing that make a difference to me when I worry about an anthrax scare? How do we minimize the risks of the factors? I think swimming pool accidents of young children is good example. We have a “near drowning child” in our extended family that fell in the pool at Lecture notes modified from Dr. Olsen by Dr. Rodriguez 4/2018
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