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. Where does Konner work on his non-surgical afternoons?

2. What was Ringler's approach to his patients?

3. What are newborn babies assessed for?

4. What is Konner's justification for not practicing medicine?

5. What does Konner say is a benefit of obstetrics?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the laparotomy Konner assisted in.

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

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

10. What happened when Konner confronted Dr. Brass?

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

What would a medical school, or medical industry run along Konner's ideas look like? Would it be profitable? Would it be better or worse than the industry he was indoctrinated into? Does Konner offer his critiques for the purpose of designing a better system?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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