1. Read the text attentively and find sentences about:
a) a consulting room;
b) "An apple a day keeps a doctor away";
c) an ambulance;
e) a hospital;
f) patient's case history.
2. What medical problems might you have if...
a) you wear shoes that rub?
b) you eat too fast?
c) you smoke a lot?
d) you play football?
e) you go skiing?
f) you stay too long in the sun?
g) you eat food you're allergic to?
h) you run unusually fast for a bus?
i) you eat food that is bad?
j) a mosquito bites you?
k) you get wet on a cold day?
1) you think you're ill all the time?
3. Make up a story with the following words and word combinations.
To see a patient, to be X-rayed, to have a sore throat, remedy, to be short of breath, treatment, disease, to take medicine, cough, insomnia, to make an appointment with a doctor, to feel sick, to have smth wrong with, symptom, to be on a sick leave, to follow the doctor's advice, to go to drugstore, to test one's blood (pressure), recover.
4. This is conversation between a patient and a doctor with their phrases mixed. Decide which response should follow each question. Use a dictionary if you need.
1) I've been suffering from insomnia lately. Do you think I might be heading for a nervous?
2) I seem to have some sort of a sty or infection in my right eye. Do you think I might have conjunctivitis?
3) I can't stop scratching this place on my foot. Do you think its athlete's foot?
4) I've got a rather sore throat, and I keep feeling a bit flushed. Do you think it could be flu?
5) I've got a big bump on the back of my head. Do you think it might be more than a bruise?
6) I keep getting shooting pains down my shin and ankle. Is it possible that I've broken or sprained something?
a. Possible. Try this lotion for a few days to stop the itching then start putting on this powder at night.
b. Unlikely, but I'll let you have some cough mixture to relieve the symptoms. You can get yourself some lozenges, if you like.
c. I would doubt it. Here, rub this cream in for the next few nights to help reduce the swelling.
d. No, of course not. But I'll prescribe some barbiturates — sleeping pills — to help you get a good night's rest. OK?
e. I wouldn't have thought so. But I'll give you a prescription for some drops to try and clear it up.
f. Well, the X-ray didn't show anything. If it's so painful, you'd better have some crutches to walk with and some painkillers to ease the pain.
5. Find a doctor's response to each patient's complaint and translate them into Ukrainian.
a. I've got a dull ache in my arm and occasionally I get a spasm. Could it be a minor fracture, a chipped bone or something?
b. I've got these tiny little bumps all over the back of my neck. Do you think it might be gland troubles?
c. I've come out in a rash on my chest. Do you think it could be a skin disease like impetigo or dermatitis?
d. I keep getting short of breath, is there any way I could be suffering from asthma?
e. I think I've got an ulcer in my mouth. Do you think it could be a sign that I'm run down?
f. I feel so feverish, and I'm sure I've got a temperature. I'm so afraid that there's something wrong with my heart.
1. Mm, sounds a bit like it. I'll write you out a prescription for some menthol inhalations might speed up the recovery.
2. It's just possible. I'll strap it up anyway and put it in a sling. That should reduce your discomfort quite a lot.
3. Oh, I shouldn't think so, but I think perhaps you ought to start taking these tranquillizers to at least get your blood pressure down.
4. Oh no, no, no. You'd know if it was. I'll give you some ointment to rub in to get rid of the inflammation.
5. Probably not. I'll put you on a course of tablets to prevent them from spreading. They should go soon.
6. It might well be. I'll put you on antibiotics for a while anyway, to lessen the risk of serious infection.
6. Fill in the gaps with the words under the line.
Private medicine doesn't buy you better treatment. What it does buy you is convenience. People ... to private medicine because it can cause queue ... In order ..., if there are a hundred people who require an ... and you happen to be the ... you have to wait in ... That may be quite a long time if, for ... you're waiting to have your hip replaced. If you're ... to pay, you may jump the queue and you may go into the first ten, so you buy yourself...
a) operation, b) treatment, c) turns, d) hundredth, e) jumping, f) prepared, g) convenience, h)words, i) object, j) example
7. Choose the right word.
a) cure — heal
1. Fresh air, sunshine, good food may ... a patient of tuberculosis by ... his lungs.
2. After a fortnight of slight fever, the wound ... and he recovered.
3. The doctor applied a medicine which soon ... the deep cut in my arm.
4. The only way to ... backache is to rest.
5. His wounds are ...
6. This medicine ... me of my cold.
b) ache —pain — hurt
1. As Joe was coming home a sudden ... in his heart made him stop and lean against the wall of a house.
2. Wet weather often makes old people feel an ... in their bones.
3. He fell down the stairs and ... his leg.
4. This heavy suit-case makes my arms ...
5. Did you ... yourself?
6. He was ... all over.
7. She was in ... when she broke her arm.
8. She was badly ... when the accident happened.
8. Can you list six things which might be found in a first aid kit? Tell your group how to give first aid.
9. Choose the best alternative to complete the sentences. Look up any words you don't know in the dictionary.
1) He's over 90 but he's very ... for his age.
a. tense b. nervous c. active d. uneasy
2) The nurse wrapped a ... round my head.
a. bandage b. plaster c. cream d. pain-killer
3) They run every day to keep ...
a. fat b. fit c. faint d. upset
4) Her leg was very painful after the insect ... it.
a. inflamed b. stung c. stabbed d. blistered
5) Can you recommend some medicine for a dry ...
a. cold b. headache c. sneeze; d. cough
6) She ... a muscle while lifting some furniture.
a. broke b. fractured c. pulled d. cut
7) I'm sure his illness was caused by ...
a. overwork b. stamilla c. fitness d. health
8) If my toothache continues, I'll see my ...
a. optician b. vet c. dentist d. surgeon
9) You can only get this medicine on ...
a. description b. hospital c. prescription d. allergy
10) He went on a diet because of his high blood ...
a. tension b. pressure c. poisoning d. inflammation
11) His wife gave him ... which saved his life.
a. sunburn b. a tonic c. dandruff d. first aid
12) Where's the ...? I want to take my temperature.
a. meter b. stethoscop c. antiseptic d. thermometer
13) The surgeon operated ... his leg yesterday.
a. on b. with c. for d. in
14) I must buy some pastilles for my sore ...
a. knee b. thumb c. throat d. ankle
15) I'm a bit ... so could you speak a little louder?
a. dumb b. blind c. deaf d. lame
16) We're going to ... you with a different kind of drug, which we hope will be more successful.
a. cure b. treat c. intoxicate d. heal
10. Read the sentences and decide who is most likely to be saying them.
a. "My fingers hurt."
b."I have a terrible pain in my chest."
c. "I've got a bad stomachache."
d. "My knees are killing me."
e. "I have such a terrible headache."
f. "My shoulder is aching terribly."
________Someone who had to sit for hours in a plane near a noisy engine.
________Someone who has just ridden a bike for 100 miles.
________Someone who has eaten some food which was not fresh.
________Someone who tried to lift something that was too heavy for him.
________Someone who closed a door on her hand.
________Someone who is having a heart attack.
11. Complete the dialogue in pairs.
Jean Weiner has gone to see Dr. Carlos Valencia, her family doctor.
Jean: Good morning, doctor.
Doctor: Oh, good morning, Mrs. Weiner. What seems to be the problems today?
J: It's those pills, doctor. They don't seem to be doing me any good.
J: What is wrong with me, doctor?.......
D: You'll live to be a hundred! .......
Dr: No, no. No chance of that. You are in a good shape for your age.
12. Read the information about the American medical system and put questions to your partner.
In the United States, about 7 million people work in the medical care system, the largest field of employment. Most doctors in the United States are in private practice. This means that their medical office is organized like a business.
Most Americans have private health insurance to pay their medical bills. But this insurance covers less than 40 % of medical costs. A government program called Medicare that helps to pay medical bills for people over age sixty-five.
Who pays for medical care in Ukraine?
Do most doctors in your country work for the government?