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Atul Gawande
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What time of day was it when Gawande had to leave the procedure on a teenage knifing victim?
(a) Midnight.
(b) 10 p.m.
(c) Noon.
(d) 2 a.m.

2. How many companies were registered in attendance at the surgeons convention?
(a) About 900 companies.
(b) Some 1200 companies.
(c) About 1700 companies.
(d) Around 300 companies.

3. How many surgeons attended the American College of Surgeons convention?
(a) 8,914.
(b) 7,648.
(c) 9,312.
(d) 10,312.

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) 4.
(c) 0.
(d) 2.

5. What was the woman's alcohol level that Gawande had to attend to on a crisp winter Friday?
(a) Just under the legal limit.
(b) About twice the legal limit.
(c) 3 times the legal limit.
(d) A little over the legal limit.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many studies did Gawande find when doing a computer search to attempt to identify "circalunidian" cycles?

2. How old was the woman that Gawande saw in the emergency room his first day as a surgical resident?

3. What did Tommy Lasorda always eat before a game when he managed the Los Angeles Dodgers?

4. What color of blood indicates that the central line is inserted properly?

5. Who examined a stack of electrocardiograms to test his diagnostic skills against the computer?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is a Terribly Quiet Chat and how effective can one be?

2. Why did Gawande have to leave a teenage knifing victim and go tend to another emergency?

3. Are doctors usually superstitious?

4. Why aren't compassion and technology necessarily incompatible?

5. Describe the Swedish study designed to see whether a computer could more accurately read an EKG than could a human.

6. What was Hank Goodman's reputation before he lost his license?

7. Why did Gawande recommend removing the appendix of a thirty-nine-year-old woman who did not fit the pattern for appendicitis?

8. How do surgeons learn to do new procedures once they are out of training?

9. Why was there no reason to operate on Quinlan's back?

10. What was it like at Gawande's hospital when it was time for the annual surgeons convention?

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