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Visiting a Friend In Hospital

1. Why are there special days and hours set for visitors? 2. In what cases are visitors allowed to come daily? 3. Why are no visitors allowed when there is an influenza epidemic in town? 4. What would you bring a sick friend to liven up his stay in hospital? 5. How will you try to take his mind off the illness? 6. What will you wish him when leaving?


4. Laid up With the Flu*

A.1. In what cases do you send for a doctor? 2. What kind of ex­amination does a doctor give you? Why does he feel your pulse? ask you to show him your tongue? inquire about the temperature and whether you have any complaints? 3. In what way will your answers help him? 4 What will he do if the illness demands daily treatment and atten­tion'? 5 What will he do if he finds that you're suffering from a bad cold (pneumonia, etc.)? 6. What is the best cure for a bad cold? 7. How long will you be on sick-leave** if you have a cold? 8. Why is it important that you should follow the doctor's instructions?

Â. 1. What do you feel when you're falling ill? 2. Can you go on with your usual work? 3. Why had you better keep to your bed? 4. How will the illness develop if you disobey the doctor's orders? 5. What kind of a patient are you: the quiet or the noisy type? Do you complain all the time? How do you stand pain? Do you make a fuss about little things? Do you lose your temper easily? 6. What are the signs that you're getting well again?


Ex. 37. Read the passage, answer the questions, using the vocabulary of the lesson and write it up in about one third of the original length.

'There are one or two elementary rules to be followed,' remarked Dr. Budd turning to Doyle. 'The most obvious is that you must never let the patients see that you want them. Never make the mistake of being polite to them. There's no better advertisement than a patient whose feelings have been hurt. I quarrelled with one man about his liver****, and it ended by my throwing him down the stairs. What was the result? Íè talked so much about it that the whole village from which he came, sick and well, rushed to see me. It's human nature, my boy, and you can't change it. You make yourself cheap and you become cheap. You put a high price on yourself and they take you at that price. Suppose I set up in Harley Street tomorrow, and made it all nice and easy, with hours from ten to three, do you think I should get a patient? Never. How would I work it? I should let it be known that I only saw patients from midnight until two in the morning, and that bald-head­ed**** people must pay double. That would make people talk, and in four months the street would be blocked all night. That's my principle here. I often come in the morning and send them all about their busi­ness, tell them I'm going off to the country for a day. I lose forty pounds, and it's worth four hundred as an advertisement.'

'But I understand that the consultations are free?'

'So they are, but they have to pay for the medicine. But mind you, Doyle, don't make any mistake about this! All this would go for no­thing if you had not something real behind — I cure them. That's the point. I take cases that others have given up, and I cure them. All the rest is to bring them here. But once here I keep them because I know the treat ment and the cure. It would all be useless but for that.'

(after "Conan Doyle" by Hesketh Pearson)



1. What was Mr. Budd's idea-as to how a doctor should treat his patients? 2. Why should he be careful not to let them know that he wanted them? 3. Why did Dr. Budd never hesitate to be rough with his patients? 4. What made him believe that rough treatment usually pro­duced a good impression on them? 5. What happened after Dr. Budd had thrown someone downstairs? 6. Why didn't the patients complain? 7. What did Dr. Budd have to say about human nature? 8. How would Dr. Budd run his practice if he set up in Harley Street? 9. Why were the patients prepared to accept Dr. Budd on his own terms? 10. What cases did he often take up? 11. What was the real secret of Dr. Budd's success as a doctor? 12. What if Dr. Budd had used the time and effort he wasted on advertisement to some good purpose?


Ex. 38. Read the following, answer the questions, retell the text in Eng­lish.

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