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. On an EKG, what is the downstroke at the start of a heart beat called?

2. How long might it take in most hospitals to repair a hernia?

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

4. Who is the doctor who was convicted of murdering fifteen patients with lethal doses of narcotics?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why was Gawande concerned about the patient who had been shot in the buttock?

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

6. Why is there often no mechanical explanation for severe back pain?

7. What one study did Gawande find that linked increased traffic accidents to Friday the thirteenth?

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

9. Why does it take so long before colleagues take effective action against a bad doctor?

10. What is the Texas-sharpshooter fallacy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the traits that make a good surgeon and why those traits are so important.

Essay Topic 2

Using examples from the book, discuss what happens when the simplicities of science come up against the complexities of individual lives.

Essay Topic 3

Argue whether or not medicine can or should be automated as much as possible. Use examples from Complications.

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