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American Hospital English (AHE) Picture Book and Pronunciation Guide.

American Hospital English (AHE) Picture Book and Pronunciation Guide

Laura Medlin


1663 South Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403-5161

9781493162666 $19.99 Paperback ie=UTF8&qid=1420947680&sr=8-1&keywords=9781493162666

Laura Medlin is a registered nurse who also holds degrees in teaching and humanities, so her unique approach to hospital English and its explanations, American Hospital English (AHE) Picture Book and Pronunciation Guide, comes from both a clinical and linguistics background and provides a rare dual focus that will help any interested in the type of English used in American hospitals.

The intended reader is a non-native speaker of English (whether healthcare professionals or not) and is tailored after a picture-style dictionary format. Each chapter is devoted to one letter of the English alphabet and pairs phonetic spellings, definitions, and sentences with images and symbols specific to many medical profession discussions.

Take the 'L' section, for example: included in the definitions are 'laceration', with a black and white drawing of a knife penetrating an arm, a medical definition, and reference to "Another word for laceration is cut." Words and phases may be as simple as 'legs' (with its one-sentence description "Your legs may feel weak from being in bed for so long.") to 'life support', defined as 'the use of any technique, therapy, or device to assist in sustaining life.'

There are no color illustrations-everything is in black and white, and most of the drawings come from the author.

With each entry offering a phonetic spelling, a definition, and a sample sentence demonstrating usage-all cemented by pictures or symbols-this is a good, specific approach for any interested in American healthcare language and its slang terms: especially for those where English is a second language.

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Date:Feb 1, 2015
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