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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 does Konner say he tried to hide from the woman on whom he had to perform a neurological exam?
(a) He thought she has severe problems.
(b) He was sick himself.
(c) He was attracted to her.
(d) He had never performed this exam before.

2. What was patient Petey's diagnosis?
(a) Down syndrome.
(b) Schizophrenia.
(c) Aspergers syndrome.
(d) ADHD.

3. How does Konner characterize surgeons' personalities?
(a) Abrasive.
(b) Compassionate.
(c) Timid.
(d) Patient.

4. How does Konner compare to the other students in his cohort?
(a) He is older.
(b) He is the least prepared.
(c) He is younger.
(d) He is the only man.

5. How does Konner characterize his work with Dr. Haley?
(a) He felt like a fraud.
(b) He felt like a beginner.
(c) He felt like a doctor of equal stature.
(d) He felt like he didn't know anything.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is 'dura mater'?

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

3. How long a break does Konner get at Christmas?

4. What difficulty did patient Edwards have as a result of surgery?

5. How does Konner characterize the other medical students?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Konner's first neurological examination.

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

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

6. How does Konner characterize the anesthesiologist's job?

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

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

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

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

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