Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Atul Gawande
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many scientific studies did Gawande find that assessed whether or not luck actually does go bad on Friday the thirteenth?

2. How old was Rowland Scott Quinlan when he began having problems?

3. Where did Gawande grow up?

4. How was the woman injured that Gawande had to attend to on a crisp winter Friday?

5. At the beginning of Chapter 1, how many weeks had Gawande been in training?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Rowland Scott Quinlan have to give up his firm to his partners?

2. What is the most important criteria for becoming a surgeon?

3. Where can doctors candidly discuss medical mistakes?

4. What did Gawande have in his pockets during his first weeks of surgical training?

5. Why do many experts believe that the M&M is a shabby approach to analyzing error and improving performance in medicine?

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

7. What is the Texas-sharpshooter fallacy?

8. How is Shouldice Hospital designed for hernia patients?

9. What is the secret of Shouldice Hospital's success with hernia repairs?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the mysteries and unknowns of medicine and the struggles of what to do with them. Use examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the uncertainty that is a core part of medicine and some proposed solutions for the problem. Use examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the pros and cons of automation in medicine and why some doctors believe medicine cannot be automated. Use examples from the book.

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