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INTRODUCTION

Note: The terms in brackets are either literal translations or words and expressions not stated in Spanish that are implicitly understood when translated into English. The terms in parentheses are the alternatives given in the dialogue or monologue.

DIÁLOGO 1.1 | Introductions—Greeting your patient

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DOCTOR/NURSE

Good morning, Mrs. Gómez. I’m Dr. Pérez. (I’m Bob/Sandra, your nurse.)

PATIENT

It’s nice to meet you!

DOCTOR/NURSE

Do you prefer [to be called] Juana or Mrs. Gómez?

PATIENT

I prefer Juana, please.

DOCTOR/NURSE

Fine, Juana. Come right this way and please take a seat. [Come in and sit down.]

PATIENT

Thank you, doctor. (Thank you, sir/madam.)

DIÁLOGO 1.8 | Beginning a patient interview

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DOCTOR/NURSE

Good morning, Mrs. Gómez. I’m Dr. Pérez. (I’m Bob/Sandra, your nurse.)

PATIENT

It’s nice to meet you!

DOCTOR/NURSE

Do you prefer [to be called] Juana or Mrs. Gómez?

PATIENT

I prefer Juana, please.

DOCTOR/NURSE

Fine, Juana. Come right this way and please have a seat. [Come in and sit down.]

PATIENT

Thank you, doctor. (Thank you, sir/madam.)

DOCTOR/NURSE

What seems to be the problem? [What brings you here today?] How do you feel? [How are you feeling?]

PATIENT

Oh, doctor (sir/madam), my head hurts and my eyes hurt me.

DOCTOR/NURSE

Where does your head hurt? What part?

PATIENT

Here, doctor (sir/madam).

DIÁLOGO 2.2 | Taking vital signs

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NURSE

Good morning, Mrs. Gómez. I’m Bob/Sandra, your nurse.

PATIENT

Nice to meet you.

NURSE

Do you prefer Juana or Mrs. Gómez?

PATIENT

I prefer Juana, please.

NURSE

Fine [Very well], Juana. Come right in and sit down.

PATIENT

Thank you, sir (madam).

NURSE

Is this your first visit?

PATIENT

No, it’s the [my] second.

NURSE

Ah, okay [good]. Please get on the scale. I need to weigh you. Fine. You weigh 50 kilos.

PATIENT

Oh, no! I weigh a lot!

NURSE

No, it’s not much. I also need to take your blood pressure— your arm, please.

PATIENT

Okay, here it is.

NURSE

Fine. It’s 140 over 100.

PATIENT

Is it okay [all right/good]?

NURSE

It’s a little [a bit] high, and now for your pulse. …Good, it’s 72. Please open your mouth. I need to take your temperature.

PATIENT

Okay, sir (madam).

NURSE

It’s 98 point 6 degrees.

PATIENT

Is it normal?

NURSE

Yes, Juana, it’s fine, too. Thank you. The doctor will be here in just a moment.

DIÁLOGO 2.6 | Chief complaints

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DOCTOR

What seems to be the problem? [What brings you here today?] How are you feeling?

PATIENT

Oh, doctor, my head hurts and my eyes hurt me.

DOCTOR

Where does it ...

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