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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. Who wrote that "man is the only animal that blushes or needs to"?
(a) William Faulkner.
(b) Winston Churchill.
(c) Ernest Hemingway.
(d) Mark Twain.

2. What month was it when Gawande saw a patient with a red and swollen leg?
(a) May.
(b) April.
(c) July.
(d) June.

3. Where did Amy Fitzpatrick and her husband drive for Easter?
(a) Boston, Massachusetts.
(b) Baltimore, Maryland.
(c) Yonkers, New York.
(d) Alexandria, Virginia.

4. In what country is it controversial to keep the internal organs of the deceased after an autopsy?
(a) America.
(b) Canada.
(c) Britain.
(d) Australia.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How many months after Joseph Lazaroff began having problems was a scan ordered?

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

3. What percent of people who have necrotizing fasciitis die?

4. When were Fitzpatrick's twins born?

5. How many weeks into her pregnancy was Amy Fitzpatrick when she had her first bout with vomiting?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why did Gawande and others suspect abuse when they saw a two-month-old boy whose face had been badly scalded?

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

6. When did Lazaroff first learn what was wrong?

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

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

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

10. At the turn of the century, how did prominent physicians begin to win popular support for the practice of autopsy?

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