Hi Jenny,Originally Posted by Jenny Lau
An 'intake interview' in this case is where the doctor would ask questions about Immy's general health - is he allergic to certain drugs, has he reacted badly to anaesthetic before, etc.
'They were committed' means that they were emotionally prepared for the surgery and any problems that might occur.
Her 'take-no-prisoner's smile' come from an expression used in war when troops are instructed to take no prisoners - to kill everyone. Here, I think it means that she's quite an emotionally hard person, but I'm not too sure who the 'she' is, a nurse/matron or the mother.
If you are 'undergoing tests', you are having various tests done on you - blood pressure, heart rate, etc.
'Each to his own' basically means that we all have our own, individual, preferences.
'From his kindness to those who waited on his instructions' means that the professor was kind to his students (those who waited on his instructions).
Hope this is of some help,
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