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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 gave Konner an emotional boost during his rotation with Dr. Brass?
(a) Being called into a friend's birth.
(b) Getting a National Book Award.
(c) Selling his book proposal for 'Becoming a Doctor'.
(d) Getting a good evaluation.

2. What is the key cause of "R.P.T.A." (Rapidly Progressive Testicular Atrophy)?
(a) Arrogance.
(b) Power.
(c) Humiliation.
(d) Contempt.

3. What does Konner's friend call to discuss with him?
(a) Applying to med school.
(b) His fainting spells.
(c) His aging mother.
(d) His pregnant wife.

4. When did Konner begin his gynecology rotation?
(a) Valentines day.
(b) Christmas day.
(c) Groundhog's day.
(d) Independence Day.

5. How does Konner characterize obstetrics?
(a) An emergency situation that usually has a good outcome.
(b) A horrifying spectacle of women in intense pain.
(c) An artificial intrusion of Western medicine into human life.
(d) A nervous situation of waiting to see whether a birth will even require medical care.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the result when Konner broke one of the rules about which patients he could help?

2. What did Konner suffer from on his trip to Galen the day after his ob/gyn rotation?

3. What was Dr. Brass' reaction when Konner talked to her about her management style?

4. What condition does Konner's Uncle Dave suffer?

5. How long had Konner spent in Obstetrics?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was unique about Konner's first week in obstetrics?

2. What was Charlotte's ultimate outcome?

3. What roles does Konner describe having written 'Becoming a Doctor' from?

4. How does Konner characterize pathology and its place in the spectrum of medical services?

5. What is RPTA, and how did it affect Konner?

6. How did Konner disagree with Charlotte's doctor's treatment plan?

7. How does Konner describe his reasons for not practicing?

8. How did Konner and Dr. Corwin treat the patient with Pickwickian syndrome?

9. What condition did Konner suffer after his obstetrics rotation, and how did it make him view his experience at the hospital?

10. What does Konner say made his rounds poignant under Dr. Downing?

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