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 does Konner say is a benefit of obstetrics?
(a) The newborn babies.
(b) The sense that this was all normal.
(c) The glowing mothers.
(d) The respect for the patients.

2. How was Konner involved in the birth of Barbara and Stan's second child?
(a) He recommended the nurse-midwives.
(b) He introduced them to each other.
(c) He was on call throughout the home birth.
(d) He performed the delivery.

3. What was the patient outcome of the treatment Dr. Brass recommended?
(a) Arm damage.
(b) Death.
(c) The Pickwickian syndrome resolved.
(d) Additional surgery.

4. Why was Konner's condition ironic?
(a) He had been telling people how to live healthy lives, and his own unhealthy habits were catching up with him.
(b) He had been treating all kinds of conditions, but he fell victim to a stress-induced skeletal-muscular injury.
(c) He had been telling mothers to push as if they were going to the bathroom, and now felt that same urge.
(d) He had been healthier than ever during his time in medical school, but he could not escape a common cold.

5. How many hours a week did Konner work with Dr. Brass and the others on his rotation?
(a) 60.
(b) 80.
(c) 40.
(d) 100.

6. What part of child birth didn't Konner like?
(a) The doctors' arrogance.
(b) The sterile hospital environment.
(c) The women's pain.
(d) The fathers' sympathetic sufferings.

7. What was John Brandt's approach, which influenced Konner?
(a) Psychopharmacology.
(b) Electroshock therapy.
(c) Psychodynamic interpretation.
(d) Behavioral therapy.

8. What was Dr. Harold Greenspan's field?
(a) Neurology.
(b) Psychiatry.
(c) Surgery.
(d) Cardiology.

9. What is Pickwickian syndrome?
(a) A patient falls asleep during the day.
(b) A patient passes out while eating.
(c) A patient forgets where he lives.
(d) A patient lives in an imaginary world.

10. What did Konner find when he researched Sophie Hellman's case?
(a) No notes about the treatments her doctor said he tried.
(b) A laundry list of exhausted and fruitless treatments.
(c) Subtle signs of the tumor that ultimately killed her.
(d) A list of treatments that were be considered and rejected.

11. What rule prevented Konner from attending as many births as possible?
(a) An increasing focus on providing birthing mothers with privacy and familiar doctors.
(b) The hospital was not well equipped for obstetrics, and patients went elsewhere.
(c) The development of private birthing centers.
(d) Medical students were prevented from late stage deliveries.

12. How does Konner say Dr. Greenspan was embroiled in a controversy?
(a) He published others' work.
(b) He faked some research results.
(c) He pursued a staff member.
(d) He defended a subordinate.

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

14. What did Konner suffer from on his trip to Galen the day after his ob/gyn rotation?
(a) A cold.
(b) Back pains.
(c) Chest pains.
(d) Gastric distress.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the treatment Dr. Brass recommended for the Pickwickian syndrome case?

2. What optimism does Konner retain in the end?

3. What organ did Konner remove during his first autopsy?

4. What was Harrison's specialty?

5. What field did Konner study after OB/GYN?

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