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 large was the fourth patient that Gawande had to insert a central line?

2. How old was the former orthopedic surgeon that Gawande writes about in "When Good Doctors Go Bad"?

3. How long is the apprenticeship at Shouldice Hospital?

4. During what year of his training does Gawande have a chance to attend a surgeons convention?

5. What surgery did Gawande assist with for a seventy-five-year-old woman?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Gawande watch during the afternoon of his first day at the surgeons convention?

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

4. What type of complications had occurred from residents putting in a central line?

5. Are doctors usually superstitious?

6. What was the first program that Gawande attended at the surgeons convention?

7. Where can doctors candidly discuss medical mistakes?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using examples from the book, explain why Gawande believes that medicine is an imperfect science.

Essay Topic 2

Argue whether gastric-bypass surgery is or is not a successful way to lose weight. Use examples from the book to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how and why autopsy can be used as a tool in medicine.

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