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

Melvin Konner
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 is the immigrant neurosurgeon's rule, when Konner makes rounds with him?

2. Where was Melvin Konner a medical student?

3. How does Konner say anesthesiologists view surgeons?

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

5. What interest did Konner's medical training have in common with his previous training?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Konner's conversation with the friend who wanted to apply to med school.

2. What was Charlotte's ultimate outcome?

3. What were Konner's reasons fro becoming a doctor?

4. What was Konner's experience in Africa, and what is its relation to Konner's current studies?

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

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

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

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

9. Who was Konner's first patient in gynecology?

10. What does the mnemonic "Every Damn Fool In Egypt Eats Eggs" stand for?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Which person or scene exemplifies everything Konner loves about medicine? Which person or scene exemplifies everything he loathed about the medical industry? Using examples from the text, describe the scenes or character that consolidate Konner's feelings about his training.

Essay Topic 2

How does Konner balance scientific medicine against humanitarian interest in his experience as a medical student? How does his balance differ from or resemble the balance other medical students strike?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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