Part 3 contains four chapters on "The Clinical Setting," which, for many readers, will be the heart of the book. In these chapters, the authors articulate most clearly their formulation of informed consent, one aspect of which is the contrast between informed consent as an "event" and as a "process." Informed consent in practice has usually been viewed as an "event" in which information is provided at the beginning of treatment for the patient, who then decides what to do. The authors favor a "process" model, which assumes that "medical decision making is a continuous process, not a discrete event." This section also includes helpful chapters on the informed consent form as well as on informed consent in managed care settings.