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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 body part had to be amputated on the man with necrotizing fasciitis?
(a) His ear.
(b) His arm.
(c) His leg.
(d) His hand.

2. When was one of the earliest forensic examinations performed?
(a) 51 A.D.
(b) 44 B.C.
(c) 61 B.C.
(d) 44 A.D.

3. What percent of pregnant women experience morning sickness?
(a) 60 to 85 percent.
(b) 10 to 20 percent.
(c) 80 to 90 percent.
(d) 40 to 50 percent.

4. What network did Christine Drury work for when she was the overnight anchorwoman?
(a) CNN.
(b) ABC.
(c) NBC.
(d) CBS.

5. When did the Goteborg group begin accepting patients who complained of disabling blushing?
(a) 1990.
(b) 1984.
(c) 1998.
(d) 1992.

Short Answer Questions

1. What year did a book cause a shift in how decision are made in medicine?

2. How old was the woman whose autopsy Gawande observed at the beginning of the "Final Cut"?

3. What month was it when Gawande saw a patient with a red and swollen leg?

4. What color cast did Gawande's daughter Hattie get when she broke her forearm?

5. What were the chances that Caselli could have died during the gastric-bypass surgery?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do studies show about the chances of obese adults and obese children to lose weight and keep it off?

2. Why were autopsies performed clandestinely in the West even in the nineteenth century?

3. Describe Amy Fitzgerald's first experience with nausea during her pregnancy.

4. What two options did Lazaroff have to deal with the metastasis that was compressing his thoracic spinal cord?

5. When did Lazaroff first learn what was wrong?

6. Describe the dissecting room and location where Gawande observed an autopsy.

7. Were Fitzpatrick's twins healthy when they were born?

8. What sometimes happens to those who decide not to undergo gastric-bypass surgery even if they qualify?

9. What types of situations made Drury blush?

10. What are the dangers of surgery for a morbidly obese person?

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