Saluti, caro dottore!

saluti caro dottore
Under this delightful Italian salutation I wish to emphasize the importance of language for the physician. Indeed, language use and mastering is one of the big challenges to be a good physician provided that good and gentle contact with the patient constitutes in most cases the secret word towards cure and release. This fact is very striking when caring for a patient of different language and culture. The patient would be so surprised and impressed when the doctor utters his/her own language words in an agreeable manner dispensing the need for an interpreter. This should be a preliminary reason to achieve patient’s confidence and cooperation. Again, the patient’s description of the present complaint in a language that is felt and tasted should help the physician to resolve the case much more precisely. The wonders of good language communication are far away from being simply listed especially when pain to be relieved and suffer to be eased.

The rendezvous with the language does not stop at containing the many Latin and Greek words and terms but the physician maybe appointed to walk a long and interesting experience with learning and practicing many tongues to help maintain good communication with people and refine the health care provision.

Lingoplexia

The term “lingoplexia” might be a fabricated one, but I wish to use it to think about language expression in multi-lingual persons. As can be noticed from the drawing above, at a given time – in real life situations – only one language is used and, therefore, some sort of language switch or filter may be needed in order to choose that needed language. The on/off switch takes some time to move from one language dictionary to another. This switching time-lapse may apply for both verbal and written languages. Each language would have some ranking or order in terms of its frequency and need for use, degree of competence or mastering and emotional element. The word “lingoplexia” – in addition to the mentioned 3 assumptions – would best describe the subjectivity in expressing one’s self in a particular situation or theme using a particular language and not another one on a ground of social, mental and emotional aspects of a given language.