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 patients almost always want doctors to do?
(a) Talk with them.
(b) Fix all their problems.
(c) Leave them in peace.
(d) Give them pills.

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

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

4. How did Dr. Feldstein make an impression on Konner?
(a) By his patience and insight.
(b) By presenting a contrasting range of patients.
(c) By his calm under pressure.
(d) By describing successes with radical procedures.

5. Who does Konner say benefits from drugs for childhood hyperactivity?
(a) Teachers.
(b) Doctors.
(c) Drug companies.
(d) Children.

6. Why did pediatrics appeal to Konner?
(a) Children had an easier time regaining their health after illness.
(b) It resembled his research on African children.
(c) It gave him more room to be aloof and scientific in his observations.
(d) It let him laugh more.

7. What was Scott Lucas' role?
(a) To get the woman's clothes off.
(b) To test the woman's blood type.
(c) To reinflate the woman's lung.
(d) To take blood.

8. How does Konner say he reacts to this split between methodologies?
(a) He sides with Freud.
(b) He feels conflicted.
(c) He prefers an altogether different approach.
(d) He sides with the psychopharmacologists.

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

10. What did the article Konner find in his last week of surgery argue?
(a) Pharmaceutical companies were paying doctors to perform unsafe procedures.
(b) Science came before patients in medical schools.
(c) America's standard of care was lower than most industrial nations'.
(d) Malpractice insurance was raising the cost of everyone's care.

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

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

13. How does Konner characterize Freddy Robertson?
(a) Arrogant.
(b) Competent.
(c) Amenable.
(d) Compassionate.

14. What is 'dura mater'?
(a) The protective sheath around the nerve cell.
(b) Bony channels in the ear.
(c) Another name for bone.
(d) Hard matter around the brain.

15. How does Konner compare to the other students in his cohort?
(a) He is the least prepared.
(b) He is older.
(c) He is younger.
(d) He is the only man.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long is a rotation?

2. How does Konner characterize the anesthesiologist?

3. What kind of treatment was Katherine Ballard most interested in administering?

4. How does Konner say anesthesiologists view surgeons?

5. What kind of surgery did Konner watch Dr. Ruskin perform?

(see the answer keys)

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