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. How does Konner say he reacts to this split between methodologies?

2. When was 'Becoming a Doctor' published?

3. How did Marty Wentworth and Dr. Carter embarrass themselves in front of their colleagues?

4. How long is a rotation?

5. Where was the woman on the stretcher sent after Konner and his colleagues saw her in ER?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Konner's first 'Saturday Night Knife and Gun Club'.

2. How does Konner say brain disease affects a person's personality?

3. How does Konner say med school affected him personally?

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

5. What is borderline syndrome?

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

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

8. Describe Konner's first neurological examination.

9. What was Edwards' condition after surgery?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Konner's book was published in 1987, before a lot of 'gene therapies' were explored and developed. How do you think Konner would respond to the new science of genetics, which tries to explain human behavior through genetic analysis?

Essay Topic 2

What is the true lesson Konner learns during his residency? Is it a medical lesson, or a life lesson? A style of writing he acquired, or a set of

Essay Topic 3

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

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