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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the immigrant neurosurgeon's rule, when Konner makes rounds with him?
(a) Talk to the patient.
(b) Spend as little time as possible with the patient.
(c) Touch the patient.
(d) Read the chart first.

2. Where was Melvin Konner a medical student?
(a) Galen Memorial Hospital.
(b) Beth Israel Hospital.
(c) Kings County Hospital.
(d) Bay State Hospital.

3. How does Konner say anesthesiologists view surgeons?
(a) As daredevils taking all the risks.
(b) As drama queens always stealing the show.
(c) As dangerous.
(d) As actors in their drama.

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

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

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

7. What was Konner's Uncle Bobby's role in Konner's life?
(a) Antagonist.
(b) Inspiration.
(c) Hero.
(d) Nemesis.

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

9. How does Konner characterize Dr. Ringler?
(a) Arrogant.
(b) Sensitive and much loved.
(c) Ambitious.
(d) Incompetent.

10. What had Konner been before starting med school?
(a) An engineer.
(b) A writer.
(c) A sailor.
(d) A Harvard University professor.

11. What does a retractor do?
(a) Drains blood from a body cavity.
(b) Holds skin open.
(c) Stops bleeding.
(d) Applies pressure to a wound.

12. What did interns do after rounds?
(a) Begin assignments.
(b) Start to study.
(c) Write up the rounds.
(d) Wait for patients to come in.

13. Where did Konner go at the end of his last shift, when he wanted to reflect on the trauma patients he treated?
(a) Home.
(b) The bar.
(c) For a walk with another intern.
(d) The chapel.

14. What does asepsis mean?
(a) Without infection.
(b) Treating infection.
(c) With infection.
(d) Preventing infection.

15. How long does Konner say it took for the motorcycle accident victim to recover enough to be transferred to O.R.?
(a) Fifteen seconds.
(b) Fifteen minutes.
(c) Fifty minutes.
(d) Fifteen hours.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where was the woman on the stretcher sent after Konner and his colleagues saw her in ER?

2. Why was Konner distressed by the first part of the National Medical Board Examinations?

3. How does Konner characterize shock therapy?

4. What did the surgeon order Konner to get rid of because it would be useless?

5. What difficulty did patient Edwards have as a result of surgery?

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