MAIN FEATURES OF MEDICAL ENGLISH

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Cătălin Drăcșineanu

Abstract

A sound knowledge of English has become indispensable in medicine, not only for scientific purposes (informed consent forms, medical letters exchanged by fellow doctors, participation to congresses and workshops, translation of various pieces of literature in the field) but also in diverse situations that are not related to the hospital-university practice but rather to the private lives of medical practitioners. Students, on the other hand, also need to master English to be able to take full advantage of the international pool of resources written mainly in English. Furthermore, with globalization and the new market opportunities that the world offers in the medical or pharmaceutical industries, specialists in the field can either work abroad or take part in specializations and English is the language of choice in most environments. This article aims at introducing certain key aspects of medical discourse to help all the interested parties improve their level of accuracy and grammatical awareness of their English.

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