I would like to acknowledge all of my friends and colleagues who have shaped me into the health care professional that I am today. I have learned so much from all of you. To Jay Scifers and Jill Manners, for initiating this process and giving me the chance to finish it. To all the reviewers who provided valuable feedback.
To one of the most patient and kind people I have ever met, someone who has gently pushed me through this whole process. She always had encouraging words and helpful suggestions. I thank you, Karen Carter, for being that person. Thank you, Quincy McDonald and F.A. Davis, for having the faith in me to complete this book.