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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. What had Konner been before starting med school?
(a) A sailor.
(b) A writer.
(c) A Harvard University professor.
(d) An engineer.

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

3. How does Konner characterize the other medical students?
(a) Indifferent.
(b) Burly.
(c) Imposing.
(d) Naïve.

4. What was the nature of the first operation in which Konner participated?
(a) Heart surgery.
(b) Brain surgery.
(c) Gall bladder surgery.
(d) Skin surgery.

5. When did walk-rounds begin in the Emergency Ward?
(a) 8:00 p.m.
(b) 4 a.m.
(c) Twelve noon.
(d) 6:30 a.m.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Konner characterize Dr. Ringler?

2. What feelings in the doctors does Konner say he understood after spending time with long-term incurable patients?

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

4. Where did Konner go at the end of his last shift, when he wanted to reflect on the trauma patients he treated?

5. What kind of treatment was Katherine Ballard most interested in administering?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Konner's experience with shock therapy?

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

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

4. How is Konner different from the other students in his group?

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

6. Describe Konner's first 'Saturday Night Knife and Gun Club'.

7. How does Konner describe Gerald Edwards' brain surgery?

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

9. How does Konner say med school affected him personally?

10. Describe the process of scrubbing in.

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