Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Melvin Konner
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is intubation?

3. What did Mike Colucci do by mistake?

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

5. What kinds of experiences prevent medical students from looking forward to initial encounters with patients?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is borderline syndrome?

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

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

8. Describe Konner's first neurological examination.

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

10. What was Edwards' condition after surgery?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an evaluative review of 'Becoming a Doctor.' What is this book's place in culture? What are its uses? Who is its audience? What are its limitations?

Essay Topic 2

What effect did medical training have on Konner as a man outside of medical training? How did his training affect his marriage and his family? What were his wife's views on his training? What are the advantages and disadvantages of keeping his personal life out of the book?

Essay Topic 3

Does Konner gain or lose authority by not practicing medicine, and by returning instead to anthropology? What specifically does he gain, as he criticizes and portrays the medical system? What specifically does he lose by not practicing?

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