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Understanding the Language of Medicine
Learn how you and your doctor can do a better job talking to one another.
Specialists: What They Do
Doctors and other health professionals sometimes specialize in one area of medicine, becoming experts in a particular field.
Will a Routine Physical Uncover Every Problem?
There may be misconceptions about what a routine doctor's visit can accomplish and what its limitations may be.
What to Expect at the Doctor's Office
Most routine visits to the doctor share a similar format. Your doctor will want to ask you questions, perform a physical examination, order any tests that are appropriate, and prescribe treatment or give medical advice.

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Preparing for Surgery
Preparing for Surgery
You don't have to be a passive participant in your surgery. With the right preparation, you can enhance the odds that the procedure will be a success.
Take Steps for Recovery
You don't have to be a passive participant in your surgery. With the right preparation, you can enhance the odds that the procedure will be a success.
Ask About Anesthesia
You don't have to be a passive participant in your surgery. With the right preparation, you can enhance the odds that the procedure will be a success.
Check Your Medications with Your Doctor
You don't have to be a passive participant in your surgery. With the right preparation, you can enhance the odds that the procedure will be a success.
Boost Your Immune System
You don't have to be a passive participant in your surgery. With the right preparation, you can enhance the odds that the procedure will be a success.

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What Your Doctor Is Saying
Why Doctors Repeat Themselves
There may be good reasons your doctor is (or seems to be) repeating himself.
Diseases Named After Geographical Locations
There are many examples of conditions, diseases or infectious agents that are named after a particular location. Here are just a few.
Medical Terminology -- Blood Vessel Disease
It's easy to confuse the various blood vessel conditions. So here's a closer look at them and how doctors talk about them.
Decoding Common Skin Conditions
What are freckles? Are they truly harmless? And what about the other common skin "abnormalities" that don't have much impact on health or well-being? Their names can sound scary. Find out which ones can you ignore and which ones you can't.
Common Versus Rare Conditions
There's a saying among medical trainees that "when your hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras." All other things being equal, something common is more likely to explain an ache, pain or other symptom than something rare.
The 'Excluding' Language Of Medicine
Did you ever notice that your doctor talks more about conditions you do not have than what you do. Likewise, if your doctor tells you that you have a particular condition, you may wonder how he or she knows. Sometimes the answer is that it doesn’t seem to be anything else.
Learning From History
Contrary to the notion that tests provide the most useful information to your doctor, your current symptoms and past information about your health (collectively called the “history”) are critically important to your doctor’s ability to be helpful.
What I've Learned by Listening
Doctors can improve how they communicate with their patients. But, sometimes your doctor should be saying nothing at all. That's because he or she should be listening.
Describing A Hospital Patient's Condition
A celebrity is sick in the hospital or a shooting victim is rushed to the emergency room. Their condition is reported as “serious” but later upgraded to “fair” or “good.” Did you ever wonder what those terms mean
Inflammatory Words
Medical terms can be intimidating. If your doctor tells you that you have a combination of tracheobronchitis, pharyngitis and otitis, it may sound like you have something horrible. But in fact, he or she may just be telling you that you have a bad cold.

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What Your Doctor Is Reading
Update From the Medical Journals: July 2014
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals: June 2014
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals: April 2014
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals: March 2014
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading
Update From the Medical Journals: December 2013
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals: October 2013
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals: September 2013
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.
Update From the Medical Journals: August 2013
What's the latest news in the medical journals this month? Find out what your doctor is reading.


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