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Please Don’t Tell My Parents

Length: 3-6 hours

Discipline: Biological Sciences

Level: Intermediate (majors and non-majors)

Author: Tallitsch, Robert

A seventeen-year-old female presents to her local hospital’s E.R. at 7:45 in the morning on a school day. She appears apprehensive and uncomfortable. She winces and splints her chest to the right side when she coughs. She is examined by the attending resident. The patient has been a smoker since the age of twelve, and she is quite concerned that her parents will find out. Recently she has had a persistent cough that has not responded to OTC cold medicine. This morning she noticed she was coughing up blood. The problem asks students to make a diagnosis, while learning three-dimensional anatomical relationships.

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