Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Melvin Konner
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What behavior of John Williams' embarrassed Konner?
(a) He walked away from a patient's question.
(b) He callously described a patient's discomfort to a group of interns.
(c) He told a patient abruptly that they only had a few months to live.
(d) He was known to have affairs with the staff.

2. What did Konner think was unrealistic about the doctor he saw on TV?
(a) He got away with gross incompetence.
(b) He had no life outside the hospital.
(c) He was relentless in his pursuit of nurses.
(d) He cared about his patients.

3. When did walk-rounds begin in the Emergency Ward?
(a) 8:00 p.m.
(b) 6:30 a.m.
(c) 4 a.m.
(d) Twelve noon.

4. What criticism does Konner make of the surgery that went on for three hours?
(a) The surgeon made mistakes even he could recognize.
(b) The procedure was merely cosmetic.
(c) It could have been finished much sooner.
(d) The patient should not have been operated on.

5. What is Howard Cullen's diagnosis?
(a) General psychosis.
(b) Severe migraines.
(c) Schizophrenia.
(d) Manic-depression.

6. What does Konner say was keeping him tired?
(a) His day job.
(b) Nightly assignments.
(c) Problems in his personal life.
(d) Trying to do several rotations at once.

7. What feelings in the doctors does Konner say he understood after spending time with long-term incurable patients?
(a) Bitterness.
(b) Animosity.
(c) Compassion.
(d) Patience.

8. What kind of treatment was Katherine Ballard most interested in administering?
(a) Drug treatment.
(b) Talking cure.
(c) Shock treatment.
(d) Hypnosis therapy.

9. What insight did Konner get over his break?
(a) He was sick, and saw illness from the patient's perspective.
(b) He traveled, and knew what it was like to be out of his element.
(c) He had heartburn, and saw that drugs fixed it immediately.
(d) His father was sick, and he saw the hospital through his eyes.

10. Where was the woman on the stretcher sent after Konner and his colleagues saw her in ER?
(a) To the morgue.
(b) Back home.
(c) An intensive care unit.
(d) An operating room.

11. Why did Konner's procedure with the woman with gonorrhea take five times longer than the procedure should have taken?
(a) He was interested in the woman's story, and listened to her talk.
(b) He thought the woman's chart had been written up incorrectly.
(c) He tried to heal her emotionally.
(d) He was confused by the woman's symptoms, and it took him longer to rule out certain complications.

12. What does Konner say Dr. Ruskin bragged about having spent the weekend doing?
(a) Chopping wood.
(b) Drinking.
(c) Playing golf.
(d) Sleeping.

13. What does Konner say is typical of brain disease?
(a) Suicidal thoughts.
(b) Identity loss.
(c) Depression.
(d) Aggression.

14. What was the nature of the first operation in which Konner participated?
(a) Brain surgery.
(b) Gall bladder surgery.
(c) Heart surgery.
(d) Skin surgery.

15. What was Konner's experience in Africa?
(a) As a nurse.
(b) As an anthropologist.
(c) As a pilot.
(d) As a soldier.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Konner's previous training in?

2. How many people were in the group of interns seeing patients on rounds?

3. What medical term does Konner use to describe his book?

4. Who confirmed the nurse-anesthesiologist's concern that a patient not be released immediately after surgery?

5. How long does Konner say it took for the motorcycle accident victim to recover enough to be transferred to O.R.?

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