Exam Topics and Questions (the Final Diagnosis)
A. Hailey was born in England, served in the Royal Air Force from the start of World War II in 1939 until 1947, Soon he went to live in Canada. Most of his novels were written in the period between 1960s and 1990s. These are Flight into Danger, "Hotel," "Wheels," The Final Diagnosis. Hailey was best known for writing "Airport. Several of them were made into TV shows and films. "Airport" was adapted to the big screen in 1970 and helped launch the disaster movie genre. Airport became a blockbuster movie with stunning visual effects. His stories are thrilling and read well. He would spend about one year researching a subject, followed by reviewing his notes and, finally, writing the book. Each of his novels has a different industrial or commercial setting and includes, in addition to dramatic human conflict, carefully researched information about the way that system functions and how these affect society and its inhabitants. In his books Aurthur Hailey takes his readers behind the scenes in a hospital, an airport, a motor plant or a bank.
His books received rather indufferent reviews from critics, but were hits with the public. However, he was so popular with readers that his books were guaranteed to become best-sellers.
2. Comment on the title The Final Diagnosis is a story of the life and death struggles in a large hospital, it focuses on Joe Pearson, the chief pathologist who must make the final diagnosis on every patient, and eventually on himself. So the title is of a double level. The primary level concerns Joe Person's diagnosis on Vivian which proves to be right. Its metaphoric meaning relates himself and is also right. In fact it is a thorough and honest summing up of his professional carrier. What is more he doesn't spare his self esteem and