Richard Hernstein Mesothelioma Case
Who is Richard Hernstein?
Born on May 20th of 1930, Richard Hernstein was an American researcher in animal learning. Hernstein is regarded as one of the founding fathers of quantitative analysis for animal behavior.
Hernstein’s primary research finding as an experimental psychologist is referred to as “matching law”, which describes the tendency of animals to allocate their choices in conjunction with a proportionate reward system that is created and provided by them. To illustrate said finding, Hernstein found in his research that most animals chose at twice the frequency the alternative that was seemingly twice as valuable. This concept, known as matching, was observed in both the quantitative analysis of animal behavior and the mathematical psychology of the animals.
Through these findings, Hernstein was eventually able to build the foundation for the controversial, yet best-selling book The Bell Curve.
Ricahrd Hernstein developed abdominal mesothelioma late in his life. Hernstein never publicly spoke about the disease concerning how he believes he contracted it. The majority of mesothelioma patients succumb to the disease within 4 to 18 months of diagnosis. Hernstein died 6 months following his abdominal mesothelioma diagnosis.
What is Mesothelioma Cancer?
Mesothelioma is a rare medical condition that is associated with prolonged exposure to asbestos. When inhaled, over an extended period of time, asbestos fibers stick to the mesothelium—the protective membrane that shields the lungs, heart and abdomen.
After decades the cancer proliferates to remote areas of the body. When mesothelioma cancer metastasizes it is deemed inoperable. There is no cure for mesothelioma cancer; the disease takes the life of nearly everyone who contracts it.
The cancer’s grim prognosis is widely due to the disease’s slow-developing symptoms and innocuous cellular makeup. The disease, because of its clandestine nature is rarely diagnosed in its earliest stages (or before it proliferates to other areas of the body).