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Atul Gawande
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Full Moon Friday the Thirteenth.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many minutes without oxygen could lead to brain damage and perhaps death?
(a) 5 minutes.
(b) 3 minutes.
(c) 4 minutes.
(d) 6 minutes.

2. When was it first suggested that a computer could read an EKG better than a human could?
(a) 1984.
(b) 1991.
(c) 1987.
(d) 1990.

3. How late were clinical sessions lined up until at the surgeons convention?
(a) 9 p.m.
(b) 10:30 p.m.
(c) Midnight.
(d) 8 p.m.

4. How many scientific studies did Gawande find that assessed whether or not luck actually does go bad on Friday the thirteenth?
(a) 1.
(b) 0.
(c) 4.
(d) 2.

5. How old was the former orthopedic surgeon that Gawande writes about in "When Good Doctors Go Bad"?
(a) 51.
(b) 62.
(c) 48.
(d) 56.

Short Answer Questions

1. What would Wade Boggs, the Boton Red Sox's former star third baseman, always eat before a game?

2. On an EKG, what is the downstroke at the start of a heart beat called?

3. How many electrocardiograms did a man examine to test his diagnostic skills against a computer?

4. What percent of patients with heart attacks who are seen in emergency rooms are mistakenly discharged?

5. What did Turk Wendell insist that his salary be for the 1999 season?

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