15 Jun

When you undergo surgery, do you want to know everything the surgeon will do? In great detail? Welcome to the world of medical interpreting.

Just today a patient nurse described arthroscopic surgery to a Spanish-speaking patient. The doctor would open up the knee and use an “awl” to smooth out whatever he found there.

Awl? Luckily the Oxford stood at the ready – awl: punzón. That’s the new term I learned today.

Good words to you.


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