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 did Konner find for the street person who came in with a minor injury?
(a) A clean syringe.
(b) An empty bed.
(c) A bottle of alcohol.
(d) A place to stay.

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

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

4. What decision does Konner reaffirm during his visit with family?
(a) To publish an anthropological piece on his time in med school.
(b) Not to practice medicine.
(c) To write an expose about his time in med school.
(d) Not to be a surgeon.

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

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

7. What specialty does Konner decide to follow?
(a) Pediatrics.
(b) Medical psychiatry.
(c) Cardiology.
(d) Gynecology.

8. 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 get a higher score than his class rival.
(c) He was not confident that he could score above the middle of the class.
(d) He was afraid that he would not pass.

9. What difficulty did patient Edwards have as a result of surgery?
(a) Motor skills.
(b) Memory.
(c) Balance.
(d) Cancer.

10. How did Freddy Robertson handle the woman's purple finger?
(a) By lancing it and draining the blood.
(b) By amputating it.
(c) By compressing the finger.
(d) By sawing off her ring.

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

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

13. What was Konner's status during the anecdote that opens the book?
(a) Intern.
(b) Med student.
(c) Observer.
(d) Doctor.

14. What is 'bagging' a patient?
(a) Covering a patient's head so they cannot see surgery.
(b) Breathing for them with a rubber bag.
(c) Giving a bag to a nauseous patient.
(d) Putting a deceased patient in a body bag.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does asepsis mean?

3. What criticism does Konner make of the surgery that went on for three hours?

4. How does Konner characterize shock therapy?

5. What distinguished Peter Byron's patient care?

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