Spanish and the Medical Interview book cover

Spanish and the Medical Interview

A Textbook for Clinically Relevant Medical Spanish

You can't treat your patients if you can't communicate effectively with them. This textbook will make you proficient in medical Spanish and enhance your clinical interviews with Spanish-speaking patients. It reviews basic Spanish grammar and sentence structure, then addresses each aspect of the medical interview, teaching you to build upon these basic skills and learn to apply them in a clinical context. This is THE medical Spanish book for medical students, residents, and physicians!

Paperback, 192 Pages

Published: November 2006

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4160-3649-4


  • User’s Guide

    Chapter 1 Basics of Conversational Spanish

    1.1 Pronunciation
    1.2 Syntax and Grammar
    1.3 Verb Conjugation
    1.4 Addressing the Patient: Tú versus Usted

    Chapter 2 Setting the Stage for the Clinical Encounter

    2.1 General Greeting
    2.2 Addressing the Patient
    2.3 Physician’s Introduction
    2.4 Extended Introduction: Getting to Know the Patient
    2.5 Setting the Agenda

    Chapter 3 History of the Present Illness

    3.1 Basic Anatomy
    3.2 Chief Complaint
    3.3 History of the Present Illness

    Chapter 4 Past Medical History and Review of Systems

    4.1 Past Medical History
    4.2 Past Surgical History
    4.3 Review of Systems

    Chapter 5 Medications and Drug Effects

    5.1 Medication History
    5.2 Allergy History
    5.3 Medication Instructions
    5.4 Drug Side Effects

    Chapter 6 Family History

    6.1 Naming Family Members
    6.2 Talking About Family Life
    6.3 Family History

    Chapter 7 Social and Sexual History

    7.1 Assuring the Patient of Confidentiality
    7.2 Social History
    7.3 Substance Use History
    7.4 Sexual History
    7.5 Reproductive Review of Systems

    Chapter 8 Mental Health

    8.1 General Mental Health and Spirituality
    8.2 Mental Status Assessment
    8.3 Psychiatric History

    Chapter 9 Preventive Health and Nutrition

    9.1 Preventive Health Status
    9.2 Diet History
    9.3 Special Diets and Recommendations

    Chapter 10 Physical Exam and Ancillary Services

    10.1 Physical Examination
    10.2 Physical Findings
    10.3 Physician’s Impression
    10.4 Ancillary Services
    10.5 Concluding the Visit

    Chapter 11 Knowing Your Limitations: Working With a Medical Interpreter

    11.1 When to Use a Medical Interpreter
    11.2 Types of Medical Interpretation
    11.3 Working Effectively With a Medical


advert image