leisure 03.19.10


Our occasional quiz, with today's theme of health and medicine being a hat-tip to the imminent passage of health care reform. Answers will be posted on the MUG website after 3pm.

Q: America's oldest public hospital opened in 1736 with six beds. Its name?
A: It's now known as Bellevue

Q: A graduate of CCNY and NYU, he developed the first vaccine against polio. His name?
A: Jonas Salk

Q: Edie Falco plays ER nurse Jackie Peyton on Nurse Jackie (season two premieres on Monday). Name the fictitious NYC hospital where she works.
a) Murray Hill Memorial b) All Saints c) Liberty Medical Center d) Brooklyn General
A: All Saints

Q: She was quarantined for life on North Brother Island after infecting numerous New Yorkers with typhoid. What was the real name of Typhoid Mary?
a) Mary Quant b) Mary Richards c) Mary O'Shaughnessy
d) Mary Mallon e) Mary Jane Watson
A: Mary Mallon [Note: In the original version of this article, we incorrectly listed the island as North Brother's]

Q: In 1904, it was the first hospital to use radiation in cancer treatment. It moved from the original location at CPW and 106th to the other side of town in 1936. What is this hospital now called?
A: Memorial Sloan-Kettering

Q: In what decade were women first granted admission into the city's medical schools?
a) 1860s b) 1910s c) 1930s
A: 1860s

Q: The Doctors' Riot took place in April, 1788 when 5,000 people converged on New York Hospital and ransacked it. What did people fear that doctors and medical students were doing that prompted the rioters' actions?
A: Disinterring bodies from cemeteries to use in dissections

Q: According to Health Department records, have there been more boys or girls born each year in NYC in the past decade?
A: More boys, each year for the past 10 years

Q: In 1944, researchers at what is now Rockefeller University discovered a key fact about DNA. What was it?
A: That DNA is what transmits hereditary information

Q: In the 1960s, this neurologist treated patients at Beth Abraham in the Bronx who were survivors of the sleeping sickness epidemic of the 1920s. The 'awakenings' were chronicled in a book (and movie) of that name. Who's the doctor?
A: Oliver Sacks

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