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Vocabulary: going to the doctor's
When you're not feeling well, or when you are feverish, we may have to make an appointment to see the doctor. He will diagnose an illness, find the remedies or complementary measures to cure the patient.
To book an appointment
a GP= a General Practitioner
I) Why do we go to the doctor's? What do we suffer from?
|To examine/ to be examined|
To have a headache
To have one's throat examined
To have one's ears examined
To have a runny nose
To have a rash
To have hayfever
To have an ultrasound
/ a sonogram
* * Please, notice the constructions: to be examined/ to have (your ears, your throat) examined...): clearly, here, the doctor is the "agent" (doing the action) and the patient is "enduring" the action. Therefore, the passive structure is used:
To have one's .... examined (past participle indicating that the "throat" is being examined. )
- Jim has had his throat examined; Lily will not have her teeth examined, but she had her ears examined.
As far as technical vocabulary is concerned, here are a few helpful verbs for you:
|To measure||To weigh|
|To examine||To draw blood|
|To analyse blood||To blow one's nose|
|To read blood pressure||To take the pulse|
|To diagnose||To have a fever/ a temperature|
|To be on call/ on duty||To have a check-up|
Here are a few nouns too...
|The doctor's office||a measuring rod|
|a home visit/ a house call||a medical record|
|a waiting room||scales|
|the heart||an eardrum|
|an injection||a syringe|
|a medicine/ drug||a pill|
II) The doctor's tools and a few remedies he prescribes:
Pills and capsules
Blood for analysis
I hope you're really feeling well, don't need to see a doctor, and will pass the test very easily...
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