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Development of International Standards for Medical Communications in English

Gabor Rebek-Nagy, MSc, PhD; Vilmos Warta, MSc, PhD; J. Patrick Barron, BA
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*From the Department of Languages for Medical Purposes (Drs. Rebek-Nagy and Warta), General Medical Faculty, University of Pecs, Baranya, Hungary; and the International Medical Communications Center (Mr. Barron), Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan.

Correspondence to: Vilmos Warta, MSc, PhD, General Medical Faculty, University of Pecs, Department of Languages for Medical Purposes, 12 Szigeti u Pécs, Baranya H-7624, Hungary; e-mail: vilmos.warta@aok.pte.hu


The authors have reported to the ACCP that no significant conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/misc/reprints.shtml).


Chest. 2008;134(3):661-662. doi:10.1378/chest.08-0971
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As many of those who have read previous installments of the present CHEST series “Medical Writing Tip of the Month” are aware, written communications in the field of medicine is one area that is extremely wide and difficult to master for both native and nonnative speakers of English. Because of the special burden carried by those who are not native speakers of English, there has been a growing movement during the past almost 30 years to develop courses and teach English for Specific Purposes with special regard to such key areas as English for medicine, business, and law. Pioneering work was done at the University of Edinburgh in the Institute of Applied Language Studies, and other courses have been developed in countries such as China, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, and Poland, just to mention a few.

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