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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The language barrier in medicine

This is the subject of an editorial in PLoS Medicine, entitled Ich weiss nicht was soll es bedeuten. The editorial looks at machine translation, and the decision of PLoS to publish summaries in languages other than English if the authors are fluent in any other languages. Although, the editorial says, it is difficult to be a successful medical scientist if you do not have English, there are many people who need to access health information who may not have that skill.

Ich weiss nicht was soll es bedeuten - I think this is Heine, about the Lorelei rock in the Rhine, and continues "dass ich so traurig bin" ("I do not know what it means that I am so sad"). Perhaps a reader of this blog knows for sure! I could ask a librarian....

>>>Read the editorial in PLoS Medicine

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