Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School Test | Final 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 rule prevented Konner from attending as many births as possible?
(a) The development of private birthing centers.
(b) The hospital was not well equipped for obstetrics, and patients went elsewhere.
(c) Medical students were prevented from late stage deliveries.
(d) An increasing focus on providing birthing mothers with privacy and familiar doctors.

2. How long was Konner away from the hospital for, as a result of this nomination?
(a) 48 hours.
(b) 24 hours.
(c) 18 hours.
(d) 36 hours.

3. What was the danger of the treatment Dr. Brass recommended?
(a) Infection and destruction of a limb.
(b) Suicidal thoughts.
(c) Gangrene.
(d) The patient develops a tolerance to the drug.

4. How does Konner characterize Lily Corwin?
(a) Brash and vulgar.
(b) Kind and efficient.
(c) Arrogant and ignorant.
(d) Combative.

5. What causes Pickwickian syndrome?
(a) Obesity.
(b) Brain degeneration.
(c) Traumatic experiences.
(d) Thyroid imbalance.

6. What is the key cause of "R.P.T.A." (Rapidly Progressive Testicular Atrophy)?
(a) Power.
(b) Arrogance.
(c) Humiliation.
(d) Contempt.

7. What does Konner say he believes about obstetrics?
(a) It should be practiced by women.
(b) It should be focused on preventative health and health maintenance.
(c) A woman's reproductive system should be allowed to run its course without interference.
(d) It should be run by scientists.

8. How had Barb's midwife treated the condition that formed the complications?
(a) She had recommended bed rest.
(b) She had given her herbs.
(c) She had left it untreated.
(d) She had given Barb drugs.

9. What does Konner recommend for the mother who wanted midwifery?
(a) He recommended that a midwife birth the child in the hospital.
(b) He advocated cesarean section delivery.
(c) He encouraged a home birth.
(d) He recommended against it.

10. What comment about Charlotte was red-penciled off her chart?
(a) She appreciated kind attention.
(b) She is friendly and cooperative.
(c) She is willing to work to improve her condition.
(d) She cannot tolerate her own image.

11. What was Harrison's specialty?
(a) Nervous disorders.
(b) Gastrointestinal tumors.
(c) Eye surgery.
(d) Heart disease.

12. Who does Konner say had a right not to be touched by medical students?
(a) Fathers of newborn babies.
(b) Difficult births.
(c) Private pay patients.
(d) Cesarean section mothers.

13. What was Ringler's approach to his patients?
(a) Break them down to build them up.
(b) Keep them guessing about his approach.
(c) Make clear deals with them.
(d) Let them heal themselves.

14. What does Konner say is the typical method of childbirth in the U.S.?
(a) Heavily sedated.
(b) C-section.
(c) Full-conscious with pain drugs.
(d) Fully-conscious, without drugs.

15. What is Konner's justification for not practicing medicine?
(a) He is saving society money.
(b) He is giving himself to his family instead.
(c) He is using his talents in a better way.
(d) He is saving patients from his errors.

Short Answer Questions

1. What brought about an improvement in Charlotte's condition?

2. What optimism does Konner retain in the end?

3. How does Konner say Dr. Greenspan was embroiled in a controversy?

4. Who was Konner's first autopsy?

5. What kind of approach did Dr. Harrison rule out for Charlotte?

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