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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 was the first indication Joseph Lazaroff had that something might be physically wrong with him?
(a) A backache.
(b) A wound that would not heal.
(c) A large lump under his arm.
(d) Terrible headaches.

2. When did Christine Drury become an overnight television anchorwoman?
(a) 1997.
(b) 1999.
(c) 2001.
(d) 1995.

3. Where was Amy Fitzpatrick when she had her first bout with vomiting?
(a) Interstate 81.
(b) New York City's F.D.R. Drive.
(c) Interstate 88.
(d) Highway 17.

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

5. How long had Caselli been married?
(a) 25 years.
(b) 35 years.
(c) 41 years.
(d) 18 years.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did Noe plead guilty to killing her children?

2. How many children did Marie Noe have?

3. How long before seeing Bratton had Gawande seen a man with necrotizing fasciitis?

4. How old was the first patient for whom Gawande was expected to request an autopsy?

5. In what book was a man programmed away from brutality by coupling his violent urges with feelings of nausea?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does it mean that "there is an art to being a patient"?

2. What was it like for Bratton to be in the hyperbaric chamber?

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

4. What may cause babies to die from SIDS?

5. What drugs were prescribed for Fitzpatrick, and how did they help reduce her nausea?

6. Why in 1533 was the first documented postmortem examination in the New World performed?

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

8. How incapacitated did Amy Fitzgerald become during her pregnancy?

9. What was the outcome when Noe was taken to court for the deaths of her children in 1998?

10. What are some ways that people have gotten necrotizing fasciitis?

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