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Q56. > The medical profession labours under greater stress than any other > mainly because it deals everyday in matters of life and death. It is > equally true, however, that no other professional uses with so much > immunity the conditions of his professional life–which he has accepted > by choice–as an excuse for rudeness, less than professional behaviour, > and if he is very successful, as a useful barrier between himself and > his anxious patient. > > The patient is often put on the defensive and made to feel that his > questions are keeping the doctor away from more deserving patients. > One pays an arm and a leg today for hospitalisation and nursing care > and in most cases, gets very little in return except a string of > investigative reports and often a delayed patient-discharge summary > that is incomplete and inadequate for future reference. And, when one > goes back with a problem one is blamed for not furnishing up to date > information which the hospital did not provide in the first place. > > Today when the debate is on about legal protection for the medical > professional and also about bringing him under the purview of the > Consumer Protection Act, it would be wise to think also of the > patient's rights. Unless the patient or his family knows enough about > medicine, illness, side-effects, diagnostic methods, their need and > efficacy, there is a fair chance of dire consequences. And yet when > the patient or his family members have genuine fears or doubts, the > medical man sometimes does not attempt to hide his impatience. > > The patient has the right to be informed about the diagnosis, > treatment and chances of cure of his illness. When this is medically > unsuitable for the patient to know, some other family member should be > so informed. Before the treatment begins, the patient/suitable family > member should be informed of all possible medical risks that he may be > running. Each patient has the right, if he is capable, at the time of > clear judgment, to decide whether he wishes to accept the suggested > treatment. If he declines to do so he must be informed of the > consequences. The patient has the right to seek a second or a third > opinion or to shift to another hospital without being made to feal an > ungrateful worm or a hypochondriac. He also has the right to be > informed in enough detail and without delay about > post-hostpitalisation care at home. If the patient wants to consult another doctor, he should be

  1.  considered guilty and irresponsible.
  2.  freely allowed to do so.
  3.  threatened with dire consequences.
  4.  kicked out of the doctor's chamber.
  5.  None of these

Solution : freely allowed to do so.
Q57. > Once upon a time there was a little boy who was talented, creative, > handsome, and extremely bright. A natural leader. The kind of person > everyone would normally have wanted on their team or project. But he > was also self-centered and had a very bad temper. When he got angry, > he usually said, and often did, some very hurtful things. In fact, he > seemed to have little regard for those around him. Even friends. So, > naturally, he had few. “But,” he told himself, “that just shows how > stupid most people are!” > > As he grew, his parents became concerned about this personality flaw, > and pondered long and hard about what they should do. Finally, the > father had an idea. And he struck a bargain with his son. He gave him > a bag of nails, and a BIG hammer. > > > “Whenever you lose your temper,” he told the boy, “I want you to > really let it out. Just take a nail and drive it into the oak boards > of that old fence out back. Hit that nail as hard as you can!” Of > course, those weathered oak boards in that old fence were almost as > tough as iron, and the hammer was mighty heavy, so it wasn’t nearly as > easy as it first sounded. Nevertheless, by the end of the first day, > the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence (That was one angry young > man!). > > Gradually, over a period of weeks, the number dwindled down. Holding > his temper proved to be easier than driving nails into the fence! > Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He > felt mighty proud as he told his parents about that accomplishment. > “As a sign of your success,” his father responded, “you get to PULL > OUT one nail. In fact, you can do that each day that you don’t lose > your temper even once.” > > Well, many weeks passed. Finally one day the young boy was able to > report proudly that all the nails were gone. At that point, the father > asked his son to walk out back with him and take one more good look at > the fence. “You have done well, my son,” he said. ”But I want you to > notice the holes that are left. No matter what happens from now on, > this fence will never be the same. Saying or doing hurtful things in > anger produces the same kind of result. There will always be a scar. > > It won’t matter how many times you say you’re sorry, or how many years > pass, the scar will still be there. And a verbal wound is as bad as a > physical one. People are much more valuable than an old fence. They > make us smile. They help us succeed. > > Some will even become friends who share our joys, and support us > through bad times. And, if they trust us, they will also open their > hearts to us. That means we need to treat everyone with love and > respect. We need to prevent as many of those scars as we can.” Which of the following can be said about the little boy?

  1.  He was not a good son since her mother left home at an early age.
  2.  He was brilliant and good-looking.
  3.  He had quarreled with his father.
  4.  He was brought up by his father as his mother had died when he was a baby.
  5.  All of the above

Solution : He was brilliant and good-looking.

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Q58. > The medical profession labours under greater stress than any other > mainly because it deals everyday in matters of life and death. It is > equally true, however, that no other professional uses with so much > immunity the conditions of his professional life–which he has accepted > by choice–as an excuse for rudeness, less than professional behaviour, > and if he is very successful, as a useful barrier between himself and > his anxious patient. > > The patient is often put on the defensive and made to feel that his > questions are keeping the doctor away from more deserving patients. > One pays an arm and a leg today for hospitalisation and nursing care > and in most cases, gets very little in return except a string of > investigative reports and often a delayed patient-discharge summary > that is incomplete and inadequate for future reference. And, when one > goes back with a problem one is blamed for not furnishing up to date > information which the hospital did not provide in the first place. > > Today when the debate is on about legal protection for the medical > professional and also about bringing him under the purview of the > Consumer Protection Act, it would be wise to think also of the > patient's rights. Unless the patient or his family knows enough about > medicine, illness, side-effects, diagnostic methods, their need and > efficacy, there is a fair chance of dire consequences. And yet when > the patient or his family members have genuine fears or doubts, the > medical man sometimes does not attempt to hide his impatience. > > The patient has the right to be informed about the diagnosis, > treatment and chances of cure of his illness. When this is medically > unsuitable for the patient to know, some other family member should be > so informed. Before the treatment begins, the patient/suitable family > member should be informed of all possible medical risks that he may be > running. Each patient has the right, if he is capable, at the time of > clear judgment, to decide whether he wishes to accept the suggested > treatment. If he declines to do so he must be informed of the > consequences. The patient has the right to seek a second or a third > opinion or to shift to another hospital without being made to feal an > ungrateful worm or a hypochondriac. He also has the right to be > informed in enough detail and without delay about > post-hostpitalisation care at home. One should think of the rights of

  1.  The doctor
  2.  The patient
  3.  The nurse
  4.  2 and 3
  5.  1 and 2

Solution : 1 and 2
Q59. > Once upon a time there was a little boy who was talented, creative, > handsome, and extremely bright. A natural leader. The kind of person > everyone would normally have wanted on their team or project. But he > was also self-centered and had a very bad temper. When he got angry, > he usually said, and often did, some very hurtful things. In fact, he > seemed to have little regard for those around him. Even friends. So, > naturally, he had few. “But,” he told himself, “that just shows how > stupid most people are!” > > As he grew, his parents became concerned about this personality flaw, > and pondered long and hard about what they should do. Finally, the > father had an idea. And he struck a bargain with his son. He gave him > a bag of nails, and a BIG hammer. > > > “Whenever you lose your temper,” he told the boy, “I want you to > really let it out. Just take a nail and drive it into the oak boards > of that old fence out back. Hit that nail as hard as you can!” Of > course, those weathered oak boards in that old fence were almost as > tough as iron, and the hammer was mighty heavy, so it wasn’t nearly as > easy as it first sounded. Nevertheless, by the end of the first day, > the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence (That was one angry young > man!). > > Gradually, over a period of weeks, the number dwindled down. Holding > his temper proved to be easier than driving nails into the fence! > Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He > felt mighty proud as he told his parents about that accomplishment. > “As a sign of your success,” his father responded, “you get to PULL > OUT one nail. In fact, you can do that each day that you don’t lose > your temper even once.” > > Well, many weeks passed. Finally one day the young boy was able to > report proudly that all the nails were gone. At that point, the father > asked his son to walk out back with him and take one more good look at > the fence. “You have done well, my son,” he said. ”But I want you to > notice the holes that are left. No matter what happens from now on, > this fence will never be the same. Saying or doing hurtful things in > anger produces the same kind of result. There will always be a scar. > > It won’t matter how many times you say you’re sorry, or how many years > pass, the scar will still be there. And a verbal wound is as bad as a > physical one. People are much more valuable than an old fence. They > make us smile. They help us succeed. > > Some will even become friends who share our joys, and support us > through bad times. And, if they trust us, they will also open their > hearts to us. That means we need to treat everyone with love and > respect. We need to prevent as many of those scars as we can.” What task was given to the little boy by his father?

  1.  Hitting the nails on the backside wall
  2.  Entertaining other on his journey of life
  3.  To look after his home
  4.  All of the above

Solution : Hitting the nails on the backside wall

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Q60. > Once upon a time there was a little boy who was talented, creative, > handsome, and extremely bright. A natural leader. The kind of person > everyone would normally have wanted on their team or project. But he > was also self-centered and had a very bad temper. When he got angry, > he usually said, and often did, some very hurtful things. In fact, he > seemed to have little regard for those around him. Even friends. So, > naturally, he had few. “But,” he told himself, “that just shows how > stupid most people are!” > > As he grew, his parents became concerned about this personality flaw, > and pondered long and hard about what they should do. Finally, the > father had an idea. And he struck a bargain with his son. He gave him > a bag of nails, and a BIG hammer. > > > “Whenever you lose your temper,” he told the boy, “I want you to > really let it out. Just take a nail and drive it into the oak boards > of that old fence out back. Hit that nail as hard as you can!” Of > course, those weathered oak boards in that old fence were almost as > tough as iron, and the hammer was mighty heavy, so it wasn’t nearly as > easy as it first sounded. Nevertheless, by the end of the first day, > the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence (That was one angry young > man!). > > Gradually, over a period of weeks, the number dwindled down. Holding > his temper proved to be easier than driving nails into the fence! > Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He > felt mighty proud as he told his parents about that accomplishment. > “As a sign of your success,” his father responded, “you get to PULL > OUT one nail. In fact, you can do that each day that you don’t lose > your temper even once.” > > Well, many weeks passed. Finally one day the young boy was able to > report proudly that all the nails were gone. At that point, the father > asked his son to walk out back with him and take one more good look at > the fence. “You have done well, my son,” he said. ”But I want you to > notice the holes that are left. No matter what happens from now on, > this fence will never be the same. Saying or doing hurtful things in > anger produces the same kind of result. There will always be a scar. > > It won’t matter how many times you say you’re sorry, or how many years > pass, the scar will still be there. And a verbal wound is as bad as a > physical one. People are much more valuable than an old fence. They > make us smile. They help us succeed. > > Some will even become friends who share our joys, and support us > through bad times. And, if they trust us, they will also open their > hearts to us. That means we need to treat everyone with love and > respect. We need to prevent as many of those scars as we can.” Which of the following is false in the context of the passage?

  1.  The father was sad because he was unable to control his anger.
  2.  The boy was pleased with new task.
  3.  Finally, the boy could lose his temper.
  4.  The boy did not let his friends play with others.
  5.  All of them

Solution : All of them
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