Translating Medicalese into English
Skill level: Intermediate
Instructor: James Harbeck
Doctors, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals use choices of wording that are designed to say “This is medical!” Some of it increases accuracy for those with the necessary background; much of it builds walls around the information and makes it harder for nonprofessionals to understand. But nonprofessionals do want—and need—to understand it. Sometimes it can even be a matter of life and death.