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Complete Medical Spanish : A Practical Course for Quick and Confident Communication

Complete Medical Spanish : A Practical Course for Quick and Confident Communication
Author/Publisher: Joanna Rios, Jose Fernandez
Emphasis: Medical Spanish
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Designed for use either as a stand-alone guide or as a built-in part of the series' audio packages, McGraw-Hill: Complete Medical Spanish offers health care professionals an enjoyable way to quickly acquire the skills and confidence they need to communicate with their Spanish-speaking patients. Each chapter focuses on a specific set of key terms and phrases and includes dozens of illustrations to help enhance understanding. Unlike other guides that make no distinction between levels of difficulty, this book introduces essential grammar concepts in a progressive manner.

From the Back Cover

All the tools you need to communicate confidently and effectively with your Spanish-speaking patients

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As a dedicated healthcare provider you know that effective communication is key to providing patients with the high quality of care they deserve. And for medical professionals working in North America that often entails communicating with Spanish-speaking patients and their families.


A valuable resource for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, hospital technicians, emergency care providers, and medical administrators with little or no Spanish-language experience, this book provides you with all the Spanish you need to do your job.


More than a mere phrase book, McGraw-Hill�s Complete Medical Spanish features a complete, time-tested program guaranteed to help you:

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  • Understand and use a Spanish vocabulary of more than 2,500 general and medical terms.
  • Confidently interview patients, take histories, conduct physical exams, prescribe medication, and give follow-up instructions in Spanish.
  • Carry on spontaneous dialogues in Spanish using verbs in the past, present, future, and command forms.
  • Become more aware of major attitudinal differences between Latino and Anglo-American cultures and how they impact healthcare decisions.

    McGraw-Hill's Complete Medical Spanish will teach you the skills needed to formulate original Spanish sentences and confidently dialogue with Spanish-speaking patients and their families. Available alone or as part of a three-CD audio package, . McGraw-Hill�s Complete Medical Spanish is an indispensable �tool of the trade� for healthcare providers who work in a variety of multicultural settings.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007143979X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071439794
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review:

    4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - DOES NOT COME WITH THE AUDIO PORTION
This is a great, well-organized overview of medical Spanish. However, you will not be able to buy the 3-CD set that it's supposed to come with. McGraw-Hill no longer makes the CD set, as per a representative from their company. I wish I would've known that before buying the book!


Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - McGraw-Hill's Complete Medical Spanish
Although this book is not bad, it only gives you the basic information needed to get through a physical exam of a patient, and does not come with pronunciation of the words. I would recommend buying the 'Spanish for Family Practitioners' set that includes this book and a set of 3 CD's. The CD's provide dialogs and pronunciation.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Good value
This book and the accompanying CDs are the best resource I have found in the way of "how-to" books for learning medical Spanish. The choice of translations is very accurate and the Spanish is generalized in that it will be understood by Hispanics from any country. The writing is personable and engaging, and there is a wealth of information on Latin culture. As an internist who has worked with Spanish-speaking patients for the last 20-odd years, I can say that the subject matter is very relevant and the questions are carefully phrased to ensure accurate responses. Very well done! I recommend it highly.

Glenn Rogers, M.D.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - Indeed, a better one.
I like this book because it'll really give you an idea how spanish language is constructed plus the exercises after each topic which appears to be too elementary but very helpful, indeed. Good price for a sensible book. If you're a beginner in the heathcare world, this is it! Eureka!


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Does What It Says
This book is intended to be a practical learning tool to get the medical provider to not only be able to state the usual medical phrases, but to have knowledge of the spanish language to actually communicate. It's a tall order, and for a one volume set, it performs well. Starts with the alphabet and "mucho gusto", runs through common verbs, conjugation and vocabulary used in a medical setting. Extremely practical spanish, and definitely not a tourism/conversational course with a few medical terms thrown in.
There are CDs in a different set, as well as audio CDs on the Rios website. I HIGHLY recommend you get some CDs, as the book makes a lot more sense. It's difficult to learn to actually talk a lagnuage from a book.
Small issues - the book covers conjugation, but it's one of the trickier elements to the spanish language, and native speakers aren't going to understand you (and you them) unless you have lots of experience with verbs, so you are probably going to need to get additional resources in that department.
Also, there are some medical dialogues in the book, but I wish there were more.
Great book, good luck practicing!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Great
This book is great. I had some basic knowledge in Spanish, but forget it since high school. This book made it easy to catch back on, and explains Spanish for a new learner. Not only does it go into common medical dialogues, with descriptive, or yes/no answers, but also teaches basic verbs, nouns, and conjugations of the verbs. The pictures dont have Spanish/English captions, only Spanish, but there is a guide in the back. This book will teach you everything you need, and then some. If you are looking for a book, this is the one.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars - good value
I actually bought the 3 cd package written by the same authors called: 'spanish for family practitioners" for $23. Inside is this book, Complete Medical Spanish : A Practical Course for Quick and Confident Communication. I'd actually recommend getting the ones w/ 3 audio cd's since the vocabulary and dialogue is on cd and u could go around listening to it on the car. I had hs spanish so this book isn't too hard.

1. good value w/ 3 cd package.
2. poor value if u just get the book.
3. In the 3 cd package, the first 2 cd's have vocabulary in spanish/then english; and dialogue only in spanish for this book. The first cd has info from chapters 1-3. The 2nd cd has info for chapters 4-9. The 3rd cd has info from an extra booklet that's mainly dialogue (i.e. nurses, health professionals, EM, FP). persoanlly, i don't find the 3rd cd/booklet that useful at all for the FP section (I'd gotten the FP book simply cuz it was only one in stock when i ordered).

1. Some of the pics/icons look like a 3 yo drew them so not very good at identifying objects.
2. didn't like how they put most of the vocab in the beginning and left grammer for the end. i'd like it to be more intro to grammer in begining.
3. didn't like how the pics for body parts didn't list the english names of the objects...i.e. were they pointing to the forehead or hair?
4. they didn't have audio for some verbs, optho, derm, etc.
5. didn't feel that the fill-in exercises were that useful.

In summary, i'd say at $23 for book+3cd or $10 for book alone is a decent price. You get what u pay for so I can't complain too much. The cd w/ vocab was main reason i got it, and it's cheaper than the other products out there.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Great book!
I am a nurse who works with many Hispanic patients. This is the best book I have found for learning how to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients. Unlike many other books, it starts off (logically) with introductions and other simple phrases and then gets into conjugation of verbs later on. It has great exercises (with answers in the back!) that are helpful. It also includes variances of words that differ from country to country (e.g. Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, etc) and examples of phrases that don't translate well from English. I would definitely recommend this book if you want to learn how to communicate with your Spanish-speaking patients.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - excellent review
I have studied and read this book as well as taken the course taught by the author. I have found this method of learning medical Spanish to be highly effective. I immediately was able to connect and communicate more effectively with my patients that speak Spanish only. I recommend this book to any medical professional that wishes to communicate more clearly with their Spanish speaking patients. All it takes is a little effort!!!


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Solid medical dictionary
This is a solid medical dictionary that even has sections about folk and herbal remedies and cultural recommendations for folks from various backgrounds in the Spanish-speaking world. I highly recommend it, espcially as a companion to other online, disc-based or live Spanish instruction. The sections are well organized by medical discipline or symptoms and covers terms the medical or helping professional is most likely to run across.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars - Perfect!
This book is exactly what I hoped for!

If you are a fairly intelligent, motivated learner who wants to start with the basics, progress quickly to the conversational level, and get a good grasp of grammar while learning medical words and phrases, this is the book for you.

I am now almost halfway through the book, and I have learned grammar, vocabulary, all the body parts I could ever need, and even slang words!

Another thing I like is that terms used in different parts of the Spanish-speaking world are discussed, so you will know which word to use, depending where you are (or where your patient is from).

Each chapter is broken down into sections. Each section starts with some vocabulary (and an accompanying picture). Then there might be a grammatical discussion or a discussion of how to talk about taking pills. Then there are some exercises (this is the only thing I think there could be more of, but you can always make up your own sentences for practice).

What this book is not: It is not a list of medical phrases that you have to memorize. That has been my experience with every other medical Spanish book... if that is what you are looking for, you are better off with a CD. However, I doubt you will really become conversational after memorizing a bunch of phrases.

It also is not great about helping you with pronounciation. However, you probably know 100 other people who speak Spanish, so just ask one of them to go through your vocabulary with you!

Bottom line: a perfect book for nurses, NP's, PA's, MD's who want to communicate better with their patients.


Rating: 3 out of 5 stars - Disappointing
Thought this book included the CDs. . .it appears you can't get the complete set anywhere, even from the publisher. Sorry, but reading pronunciations in a book just doesn't cut it.


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