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Melvin Konner
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How often were walk-rounds performed in the psychiatric ward?
(a) Twice a day.
(b) Once a week.
(c) Daily.
(d) Three times a week.

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

3. What outcome has Dr. Burdick tried to prevent in his practice?
(a) Discharging patients to mental hospitals.
(b) Returning patients to the general public.
(c) Letting patients bounce around between different wards and hospitals.
(d) Keeping patients in the hospital indefinitely.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What behavior of John Williams' embarrassed Konner?

2. At what age did Konner begin his first rotation?

3. How many people were in the group of interns seeing patients on rounds?

4. What is the immigrant neurosurgeon's rule, when Konner makes rounds with him?

5. Where was Melvin Konner a medical student?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Konner say he finds unrealistic in TV doctor dramas?

2. What lesson does Konner say he learned from John Williams?

3. What is borderline syndrome?

4. How does Konner characterize his medical student colleagues?

5. What was Konner's second experience in anesthesiology like?

6. What explanation does Konner give for why he wrote this book?

7. How does Konner characterize Howard Cullen's condition?

8. How does Konner say that he dealt with Bigelow, the street person?

9. How does Konner contrast American medical diagnoses to African children's lives?

10. What was Konner's experience working with Dr. Haley in pediatric outpatient services?

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