Comprehension 07

The field of medicine forces a confrontation between scientific and everyday language. Outside the world of the research laboratory and clinic, there exists the daily routine of medical practice, a situation where a doctor tries to understand the problem of a patient, and the patient attempts to understand the doctor’s diagnosis. The initial statement of the symptoms of any disease is of critical importance as it guides the doctor’s search for the clinical signs of the condition. Similarly, the doctor’s explanation of a problem, and the recommendations for treatment, need to be clear and complete if the patient is to understand and follow the correct course of action.

The need for careful listening and expression by both parties should be obvious in a field as sensitive and serious as health. Patients worried about their health are often uncertain and confused in their accounts. Busy doctors will not have the time to take up every point the patient has referred to. Moreover the tradition of medical interviewing hinders the development of genuine communication.


  1. Patients are often unable to give a proper account of their ailment to the doctor because

(a).      They are worried about their health.

(b).     They do not know how to communicate in medical terms.

(c).      They have an inferiority complex.

(d).     They want to hide certain symptoms of the disease.


  1. Which of the following statements is true?

(a).      Medical communication is a specialized branch of professional communication.

(b).     The patient’s relatives should be involved in interaction.

(c).      Patients must learn medical terms.

(d).     Doctors should use medical term in their instructions as these are specific.


  1. The word ‘confrontation’ is closest in meaning to

(a).      Competition             (b).     Trouble

(c).      Confluence               (d).     Conflict


  1. Doctors are sometimes unable to treat the patient properly because

(a).      They do not have the time to consider every point made by the patient.

(b).     They have a superiority complex.

(c).      They do not know the language used for communicating with patients.

(d).     They are too busy in performing surgeries.


  1. Which of the following statements best reflects the theme of the passage?

(a).      There must be little research in the field of patient interaction.

(b).     Communication should not be made a component of medical education.

(c).      For proper treatment, patient should listen carefully to the instructions.

(d).     Medical profession requires a careful use of medical and everyday language.


Ans.: – 1. (a) 2. (a) 3. (d) 4. (a) 5. (d)

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