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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 many medical students was Konner grouped with for his rotation in psychiatry?
(a) Six.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Nine.
(d) Fifteen.

2. What does Konner say is typical of brain disease?
(a) Aggression.
(b) Depression.
(c) Identity loss.
(d) Suicidal thoughts.

3. Who took over the anesthesiology after Dr. Ramirez was finished bagging and intubating a patient?
(a) The patient's mother.
(b) A nurse-anesthesiologist.
(c) A nurse.
(d) The surgeon.

4. What insight did Konner get over his break?
(a) He had heartburn, and saw that drugs fixed it immediately.
(b) He was sick, and saw illness from the patient's perspective.
(c) He traveled, and knew what it was like to be out of his element.
(d) His father was sick, and he saw the hospital through his eyes.

5. What does Konner say the younger students do not have, which older students do?
(a) Fear.
(b) Intuition.
(c) Technical expertise.
(d) Political connections.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the article Konner find in his last week of surgery argue?

2. What distinguished Peter Byron's patient care?

3. What had Petey begun to do at age seventeen?

4. How does Konner characterize the other medical students?

5. What does Konner say patients almost always want doctors to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What crude resident behavior was Konner appalled by?

2. What effect does Konner's opening anecdote have as a first taste of the book?

3. What was the controversy around the patient Ruskin operated on?

4. How does Konner characterize his medical student colleagues?

5. What is borderline syndrome?

6. What are Konner's feelings about surgery?

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

8. How does Konner say that Marty Wentworth and Dr. Carter embarrassed themselves?

9. How does Konner characterize the split between theories of psychiatric medicine?

10. How would you describe Konner's tone and language in the opening anecdote?

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