Reading Comprehension Passage 24 MCQ Test With Answers - BODY CONTACT
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BODY CONTACT Photographs of the victims of assassination attempts, for instance, nearly always show somebody cradling the victim's head in their hands. Medically this is a somewhat dubious procedure, but medical logic has no place here. This is not a trained act of assistance; it is a more basic response related to the primary parental care of a helpless child. It is much too difficult for an untrained person to pause and make a reasoned assessment of the physical injuries the victim has sustained before taking first-aid action. Instead, he will just reach out and touch or lift as a primary act of comfort, with no thought to the further damage he may be causing. It is too painful to stand by and coldly calculate the best steps to be taken. The urge to make comforting body contact is indeed overpowering, but we have to face the fact that it can sometimes prove fatal. Once, as a small boy, ignorant of what was happening, I watched a man killed in this way. Following an accident, his injured body was cradled in the loving arms of anxious helpers who lifted him into a car to drive him away. The loving act destroyed his life by pressing his splintered ribs through his lungs. Had he been "callously" left lying where he was until a stretcher arrived, he might have lived. Such is the power of the urge to make body contact when tragedy strikes, and this applies to males and females equally, for disaster knows no sex. Desmond MORRIS, Intimate Behaviour. ................ nearly always show someone cradling the victim's head in their hands.
Why does medical logic have no place here? Because
this is a somewhat dubious procedure.
it is not a trained act of assistance.
it is difficult for an untrained person.
the victim is not given first aid.
there is no time for a medical approach.
What will an untrained person first do just out of instinct? He will
stop and think about the damage he is likely to cause.
stand by and coldly calculate what to do.
pause and make a reasoned calculation of the situation.
leave the victim alone and call for the doctor.
reach out, touch or lift the victim.
How did the anxious helpers happen to become partly -- although unknowingly -- responsible for the injured man's death in the incident the author remembers from his childhood? By
embracing him tightly, evidently in order to comfort him.
pressing his splintered ribs through his heart.
"callously" leaving him lying there till a stretcher arrived.
putting him in a cradle of love.
causing the accident in the first place.
The injured man might have lived if
the would-be helpers had not pressed his splintered ribs through his heart.
the helpers had embraced him, unconsciously thinking that this would comfort him.
they had "heartlessly" left him lying there till a stretcher arrived.
they had got in touch with the police headquarters for a body stretcher.
disasters had affected males and females equally.
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