What the Doctor Ordered

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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  1. Until well into the 1800's hospitals were:
    1. Limited only to the wealthy
    2. Poorly equipped but sanitary
    3. Restricted to the military
    4. Financed by public taxes
    5. Used mostly by the destitute and insane
  2. Until the late 1700's, surgeons were regarded as
    1. Members of the clergy
    2. Manual laborers on a par with barbers
    3. Members of the aristocracy
    4. Superior to physicians
    5. Criminals
  3. The event that radically transformed the status of surgeons was:
    1. The American Revolution
    2. The American Civil War
    3. Britain's conquest of India
    4. The French Revolution and its consequent wars
    5. A great epidemic in the 1830's
  4. The principal factor in the disappearance of cholera from England was:
    1. Statistical correlation of disease with polluted water
    2. Development of a vaccine
    3. Isolation of the disease microorganism
    4. Chemical treatment of water supplies
    5. Discovery of antibiotics
  5. How did some governments around 1800 react to the idea of public health?
    1. Approved of it as a means of weakening the nobility
    2. Disapproved of it as too expensive
    3. Disapproved of it as benefiting the socially unfit
    4. Disapproved of it on Biblical grounds
    5. Approved of it as a means of improving their own social control
  6. In the early 19th Century, amputations were done without:
    1. anesthetics
    2. antiseptics
    3. sterilized instruments
    4. all the above
  7. One effect of public health-consciousness in the latter 19th century was the glorification of:
    1. Biology
    2. Sports
    3. Mathematics
    4. Logic
    5. Surgery
  8. Burke's interpretation in What the Doctor Ordered is that medicine:
    1. Became less effective but involved the patient more in the healing process
    2. Became less effective and involved the patient less in the healing process
    3. Became more effective and involved the patient more in the healing process
    4. Became more effective but involved the patient less in the healing process
    5. Made more or less random changes for better and worse
  9. Based solely on statistical inference, this city installed a vast sewage system and thereby eliminated cholera:
    1. London
    2. Paris
    3. Barcelona
    4. New York
    5. Tokyo
  10. If there are ten ways for a sequence of events to happen, and the outcome of three of them is Event A, then the probability of Event A is:
    1. 1/10
    2. 3
    3. 1/3
    4. 10/3
    5. 3/10
  11. In statistics, something that can never happen has a probability of:
    1. One
    2. Zero
    3. Impossible
    4. Infinitely small

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Created January 3, 1997; Last Update 14 December 2009

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