Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School Short Essay - Answer Key

Melvin Konner
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. How would you describe Konner's tone and language in the opening anecdote?

Konner's tone is detached and objective, although a certain wry humor and even cynicism slips in from time to time. He seems to be in control, in spite of the chaotic scene he describes in the beginning, and he builds suspense throughout the scene by describing the details of the woman's wounds and her suffering. Konner's language ranges from normal wry speech to medical terminology, which he defines, so that a reader can follow.

2. What effect does Konner's opening anecdote have as a first taste of the book?

Konner's opening anecdote introduces the reader into the fast pace and chaotic experience of the doctor who has to know in advance how to treat whatever conditions a patient presents. He also introduces the reader to the controlled, detached, and professional attitude of the doctor and to the wry and cynical tone of the banter among the medical professionals.

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