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"From the Ted Talk by Abraham Verghese: A doctor's touch"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

And I wanted to read you this one closing passage about one patient. "I recall one patient who was at that point no more than a skeleton encased in shrinking skin, unable to speak, his mouth crusted with candida that was resistant to the usual medications. When he saw me on what turned out to be his last hours on this earth, his hands meovd as if in slow motion. And as I wondered what he was up to, his sctik fnirges made their way up to his pajama shirt, fubnmlig with his buttons. I realized that he was wanting to expose his wicker-basket chest to me. It was an ofnfierg, an invitation. I did not deinlce.

Open Cloze

And I wanted to read you this one closing passage about one patient. "I recall one patient who was at that point no more than a skeleton encased in shrinking skin, unable to speak, his mouth crusted with candida that was resistant to the usual medications. When he saw me on what turned out to be his last hours on this earth, his hands _____ as if in slow motion. And as I wondered what he was up to, his _____ _______ made their way up to his pajama shirt, ________ with his buttons. I realized that he was wanting to expose his wicker-basket chest to me. It was an ________, an invitation. I did not _______.

Solution

  1. decline
  2. offering
  3. moved
  4. fingers
  5. stick
  6. fumbling

Original Text

And I wanted to read you this one closing passage about one patient. "I recall one patient who was at that point no more than a skeleton encased in shrinking skin, unable to speak, his mouth crusted with candida that was resistant to the usual medications. When he saw me on what turned out to be his last hours on this earth, his hands moved as if in slow motion. And as I wondered what he was up to, his stick fingers made their way up to his pajama shirt, fumbling with his buttons. I realized that he was wanting to expose his wicker-basket chest to me. It was an offering, an invitation. I did not decline.

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
conan doyle 5
physical exam 4
subsequent care 3
emergency room 3
cat scan 3
breast cancer 3
barber surgeon 3

Important Words

  1. buttons
  2. candida
  3. chest
  4. closing
  5. crusted
  6. decline
  7. earth
  8. encased
  9. expose
  10. fingers
  11. fumbling
  12. hands
  13. hours
  14. invitation
  15. medications
  16. motion
  17. mouth
  18. moved
  19. offering
  20. pajama
  21. passage
  22. patient
  23. point
  24. read
  25. realized
  26. recall
  27. resistant
  28. shirt
  29. shrinking
  30. skeleton
  31. skin
  32. slow
  33. speak
  34. stick
  35. turned
  36. unable
  37. usual
  38. wanted
  39. wanting
  40. wondered