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

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

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

4. What does Konner say Dr. Brass criticized him for?
(a) Cleaning up after a patient.
(b) Talking with a patient.
(c) Making a patient more comfortable.
(d) Explaining the doctors' decisions to a patient.

5. Who gave the order to have Geraldine intubated?
(a) The nursing home physician.
(b) The hospital lawyers.
(c) The ER physician.
(d) The EMTs.

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

7. Who was Konner's first autopsy?
(a) A housewife.
(b) A mathematician.
(c) A doctor.
(d) A professor.

8. How does Konner characterize obstetrics?
(a) An emergency situation that usually has a good outcome.
(b) An artificial intrusion of Western medicine into human life.
(c) A horrifying spectacle of women in intense pain.
(d) A nervous situation of waiting to see whether a birth will even require medical care.

9. What sense does Konner say he had as he entered his fourth and final year of med school?
(a) Struggling.
(b) Flailing.
(c) Starting from scratch.
(d) Coasting.

10. Who was the surgeon in the operation on patient Laura?
(a) Konner.
(b) Dr. Suskauer.
(c) Joel Schwartzman.
(d) Professor Roth.

11. What did the residents explain to the daughter of the woman suffering with terminal cancer?
(a) When her mother could be released back to her home.
(b) Why her mother should be allowed to die.
(c) What surgery and chemotherapy would cost.
(d) What heroic measures could still be taken.

12. What optimism does Konner retain in the end?
(a) Patients will heal themselves.
(b) Even an incompetent doctor is better than no doctor at all.
(c) Healing is possible.
(d) Human beings will be good to one another.

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

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

15. What condition was Charlotte suffering?
(a) Chest pains.
(b) Eating disorder.
(c) Delusions.
(d) Suicidal thoughts.

Short Answer Questions

1. What condition does Konner's Uncle Dave suffer?

2. What did Konner deliver twice, in his first week?

3. How does Konner characterize Lily Corwin?

4. What could Konner do for Stan while Barb was suffering complications?

5. What gave Konner an emotional boost during his rotation with Dr. Brass?

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