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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Forrest Tracy Nichols, EMT-P(City of Houston)
Description: This book is written specifically for non-Spanish speaking medical personnel to learn important phrases that will improve communication. For the advanced or intermediate Spanish student, it will round out medical vocabulary. For the non-Spanish speaking person, it will provide basic communication skills.
Purpose: The purpose is to ease the frustrations of non-Spanish speaking providers who assess and care for Spanish speaking patients. Features include communicating simple facts, instructing, and understanding patients' needs. The authors' objectives are to increase Spanish vocabulary and improve communication with patients and family. These objectives are met in a well organized book.
Audience: The target audience is anybody in the healthcare field that may have contact with the Spanish-speaking community. The authors are well qualified for this purpose as both are in the medical field and of Hispanic background.
Features: In Chapters 1-4 the focus is on specific topics such as pre-hospital care, admissions, and certain medical situations. In Chapters 5 and 6 the authors look at basic grammar. Cultural perspectives are provided in Chapter 7. This is the second edition to a 1996 release, with eight new chapters. This book is a comprehensive study, as medical terminology directions and anatomy are included. The authors have organized sections of specific topics in an easy to read format. There are also many non-medical terms and phrases included. This book is fully supported by black-and-white pictures and illustrations. Indexes include phrase and sentence translations followed by a word index.
Assessment: This book can be very useful to anyone who is learning Spanish, particularly anyone who practices medicine. It is a great tool to increase communication skills in an area where miscommunication could be disastrous. Readers may choose to learn just a few words and key phrases or continue with dedication becoming somewhat conversational. An audio cassette is included to aid with pronounciation. This handy paperback is packed with useful information, and new and useful chapters have been added to this second edition.