April 6th, 2006

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Linguistics; medical language overview article; link....

You might find this overview article -- "Are there problems in communication between doctors and patients?", at http://www.gp-training.net/training/theory/calgary/problems.htm -- useful. It doesn't reflect the latest developments in today's medical schools, but it's good background.

Note: The article on physicians and interrupting that's referred to is:
Beckman HB, Frankel RM.  "The effect of physician behavior on the collection of data." Annals of Internal Medicine 1984;101:692-696. I've had no luck finding it online.
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Linguistics; bilingualism; recommended link...

In earlier posts in this journal we've touched on the topic of whether bilinguals/multilinguals have differing personalities when they use different languages.

Well... suppose you go to Mixing Memory -- at http://mixingmemory.blogspot.com -- and scroll down to the March 31, 2006 post titled "Bilingualism=Multiple Personality Disorder," and you click on the link under "this" in the very first line. That will take you to a very interesting 22-page PDF titled "Do bilinguals have two personalities? A special case of cultural frame switching." [And of course if you stay at Mixing Memory you'll find that paper discussed there.]

I've tried all the suggestions you've given me in the past for retrieving a direct link for the article, and have failed dismally every time; everything I try just gets me yet another copy of the PDF on my desktop.... I apologize for the circuitous path. But it's thundering and carrying on outside; I'd better not try any more cybermaneuvers.