Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Introduction: A Compensatory Pause Abstract
* Konner begins the book by describing a Saturday night when a woman came into the emergency room with stab wounds, and doctors needed to insert a tube into her chest to re-inflate her lung.
Basic Clinical Skills: The First Encounters Abstract
* Konner describes his book as a compensatory pause, a reflective...
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