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

2. How does Konner characterize shock therapy?
(a) Ineffectual.
(b) Mild compared with surgery.
(c) Violent and dehumanizing.
(d) Non-invasive.

3. What luxury did Konner's relationship with Dr. Haley allow him?
(a) He could take more time off.
(b) He could rely on Dr. Haley when he was uncertain.
(c) He could make more money.
(d) He could diagnose patients by himself.

4. What procedure did Konner participate in with David Milano?
(a) Removing surgical stitches.
(b) Exploratory surgery.
(c) Herniography.
(d) Heart surgery.

5. How does Konner characterize his teachers in the basic clinical skills classes?
(a) The best teachers he had.
(b) The least interesting teachers he ever had.
(c) The least successful teachers he ever had.
(d) The most impersonal teachers he had.

6. What does Konner say he tried to hide from the woman on whom he had to perform a neurological exam?
(a) He had never performed this exam before.
(b) He thought she has severe problems.
(c) He was sick himself.
(d) He was attracted to her.

7. What is intubation?
(a) Placing a breathing tube into a patient's throat.
(b) Placing a tube into a patient's bladder.
(c) Placing a tube into a patient's ear.
(d) Placing a tube for intravenous fluids into a patient's arm.

8. What does Konner say the younger students do not have, which older students do?
(a) Intuition.
(b) Technical expertise.
(c) Fear.
(d) Political connections.

9. Why was Konner distressed by the first part of the National Medical Board Examinations?
(a) He did not know if he would be able to get a scholarship.
(b) He was afraid that he would not pass.
(c) He was not confident that he could score above the middle of the class.
(d) He was afraid that he would not get a higher score than his class rival.

10. What was the surgeons response when Dr. Ramirez asked Konner to intubate?
(a) He did it himself.
(b) He showed Konner how to do it.
(c) He criticized Ramirez' technique.
(d) He wanted Ramirez to intubate.

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

12. What interest did Konner's medical training have in common with his previous training?
(a) Human behavior.
(b) Human evolution.
(c) Cell development.
(d) Distribution of disease in populations.

13. What was patient Petey's diagnosis?
(a) ADHD.
(b) Down syndrome.
(c) Aspergers syndrome.
(d) Schizophrenia.

14. What had Petey begun to do at age seventeen?
(a) Use street drugs.
(b) Attempt suicide.
(c) Regress to childhood.
(d) Assault people.

15. What is the prognosis for the patients Konner sees under Dr. Burdick?
(a) They can be released after a talking cure identifies and cures their neurosis.
(b) They may improve and be discharged with drugs.
(c) They will not return to normal lives.
(d) They will likely spend the rest of their lives in and out of hospitals.

Short Answer Questions

1. What distinguished Peter Byron's patient care?

2. What did Konner find for the street person who came in with a minor injury?

3. How did Dr. Feldstein make an impression on Konner?

4. When did walk-rounds begin in the Emergency Ward?

5. What did the article Konner find in his last week of surgery argue?

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