Laura Medlin’s New Book Aids in Learning “American Hospital English”

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Entertaining and educational games for improving medical language await healthcare professionals

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The language and terminology used in the hospital setting can be complex and hard to understand even for native English speakers who are trained in the healthcare professions. It is also understandable for foreign and non-native English speakers working in American hospitals, such as international nurses, to encounter some linguistic difficulty. Thus, author and registered nurse Laura Medlin presents a helpful and entertaining guide that uses word games to bolster readers’ mastery of medical language, as used in the clinical setting, with her new book, American Hospital English.

Medlin’s book contains 29 English language puzzles and exercises for anyone interested in the type of English language used in American hospitals. It can be used by all levels of both native and non-native speakers of English, professionals and non-professionals who are already working or others pursuing medical or healthcare studies. All of the vocabulary and phrases in this book are comprised of at least one or more elements of the subjects of anatomy and physiology, health and disease, diagnostics, surgical interventions, pharmacology, policies and procedures, job descriptions, equipment and/or patient care situations.

The authentic language includes colloquial and slang terms while modeling phrases and repeating grammatical forms used in a healthcare context. Many phrases resemble those that may be encountered during classes or exams for various healthcare occupations. Drawings provide visual cues to help contextualize the language. It can be a fun and challenging way to become familiar with the words, sentences, abbreviations and symbols of the American hospital environment. This book can also be used by language or healthcare instructors.

American Hospital English is an excellent learning tool for both native and non-native speakers of English, as medical terminology is a complicated matter, and the perils of miscommunication, in the circumstances of the hospital setting, can lead to disastrous consequences that should be best avoided. With her unique experience as both a registered nurse and as a teacher of international languages, Medlin deftly provides an entertaining yet undeniably effective and well-thought-out guide that will, undoubtedly, be of value to readers everywhere.

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About the Author
Laura Medlin is a registered nurse who has worked in the clinical patient care setting for over 20 years. She has also earned a Bachelor's degree in Humanities and a Master's degree in Teaching International Languages following a TESOL pattern. This book merges the topics of language study and U.S. healthcare. The author lives and works in Northern California.

American Hospital English * by Laura Medlin
Publication Date: February 25, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 108 pages; 978-1-4797-9282-5
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