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Spanish for health care professionals
Harvey, William C.
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Hauppauge, NY : Barron's [2000]

Physical Description:
vii, 312 pages ; 21 cm
Format :

Sound Cassette


Call Number
Material Type
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PC4120.M3 H37 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Updated with a new verb list, more vocabulary, more key phrases, and expanded exercise sections, this book offers English-speaking doctors, nurses, and medical assistants some basic Spanish vocabulary to help them deal with Hispanic patients who speak little or no English. The book starts with pronunciation tips and offers advice on listening comprehension with special focus on words and phrases that are likely to be used in a medical setting. True-to-life dialogues recreate situations involving pregnancy, broken bones, pediatric care, heart and lung diseases, geriatric care, communicable diseases, drug problems, medical treatment of crime victims, and more.

Author Notes

Born in Folkestone, Kent, England, Harvey was a British physiologist whose discovery of the circulation of the blood drastically changed medicine. In fact, Harvey is generally regarded as the founder of modern physiology. The publication of his Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus (1628) was a landmark event, widely considered the most important medical book ever published. His observations of the heart's functions and blood flow were based on anatomical studies on cadavers, animals, and himself.

The son of a wealthy businessman, Harvey was a student at Cambridge University, where he studied medicine. He completed his medical training at the leading European medical school of the period, Padua, where he was a student of the famous anatomist Girolamo Fabricius. When he completed his doctorate in medicine in 1602 he returned to London and was appointed physician to St. Bartholomew's Hospital. His reputation grew, and he was elected to the Royal College of Physicians, with which he was associated for the rest of his career. Ten years prior to the publication of his great work, he was appointed as a physician to James I. After the Scottish civil war and the demise of James I, Harvey returned to London and resumed his medical practice. He continued to observe animal life wherever he traveled and wrote two additional works on animal locomotion and comparative and pathological anatomy. However, it was the publication of his book on the circulation of the blood that assured him "a place of first importance in the history of science and medicine. By this discovery he revolutionized physiological thought" (Dictionary of Scientific Biography). His work also encouraged others to study anatomy. Harvey's personal library, which he donated to the London College of Physicians, was unfortunately destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666.

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Table of Contents

Introduction for the gringop. v
Before you beginp. vi
1. Basic Informationp. 1
2. The Patientp. 30
3. Admissionsp. 44
4. The Accidentp. 68
5. The Pregnancyp. 86
6. Margarita Espinoza, Age Sixp. 107
7. Miguel Espinoza, Age 12p. 137
8. Carlos Espinoza, Age 65p. 156
9. The Elderlyp. 180
10. Additional Health Care Servicesp. 197
11. The Dischargep. 208
Answers to Cuanto Aprendio?p. 213
Cognate Wordsp. 221
Cognate Verbsp. 225
Word and Expression Finderp. 229
English-Spanish Word Finderp. 229
English-Spanish Expression Finderp. 287
Spanish-English Word Finderp. 289