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

2. What interest did Konner's medical training have in common with his previous training?
(a) Human behavior.
(b) Human evolution.
(c) Distribution of disease in populations.
(d) Cell development.

3. Where do first-year medical students' clinical experiences take place?
(a) One-on-one tutorials.
(b) Small hospital groups.
(c) By shadowing individual doctors.
(d) Large hospital groups.

4. What did patient Francis Giannetti discover when he came into the hospital with leg cramps from jogging?
(a) Heart disease.
(b) Alzheimers.
(c) Brain cancer.
(d) Thyroid issues.

5. What is intubation?
(a) Placing a tube into a patient's ear.
(b) Placing a tube into a patient's bladder.
(c) Placing a tube for intravenous fluids into a patient's arm.
(d) Placing a breathing tube into a patient's throat.

Short Answer Questions

1. What restrictions did Konner have to observe after scrubbing in?

2. How does Konner characterize surgeons' personalities?

3. Why did Konner's procedure with the woman with gonorrhea take five times longer than the procedure should have taken?

4. Which is NOT one of the four laws of medicine?

5. For how long has Konner wanted to study medicine?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is borderline syndrome?

3. Describe the process of scrubbing in.

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

5. How does Konner characterize his medical student colleagues?

6. What was Edwards' condition after surgery?

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

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

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

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

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