Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School Test | Final 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 could Konner do for Stan while Barb was suffering complications?

2. What does Konner say made his rounds poignant when he was working with Dr. Downing?

3. What does Konner say he believes about obstetrics?

4. What department was Richard Harrison head of?

5. What does Konner recommend for the mother who wanted midwifery?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Konner's experience assisting his friend Barbara's birth.

5. What made John Brandt one of Konner's heroes?

6. Describe the laparotomy Konner assisted in.

7. How does Konner characterize Dr. Greenspan, and the controversy Dr. Greenspan was embroiled in?

8. What happened when Konner confronted Dr. Brass?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

How would you characterize Konner's critique of the medical world? Is it too anecdotal? Is it objective? Is it credible? What solutions does he offer to the problems he describes?

Essay Topic 3

Konner feels conflicted between psychoanalysis and psycho-pharmacology approaches to psychiatric treatment. How does he resolve this conflict within himself? What other conflicts does he feel, and how does he resolve them? Choose one and describe the reason for Konner's sense of self-conflict, as well as his method of resolving the conflict for himself.

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