While there are other dictionaries available, Contreras' approach is unique.Salud: Medical Spanish Dictionary and Phrase Book, is a 231-page book divided into five sections with two alphabetical listings of words in English and Spanish, two alphabetical listings of phrases or idioms and a section divided into medical topics such as cardiology, diet, nutrition and many others. It means that a non-Spanish speaking physician can turn to the "headache" or "sore throat" section of the book to find key phrases he can use in getting a more accurate medical assessment.
Tom Richardson, M.D., a resident at University of New Mexico Hospital, said there are other bilingual medical books out but none as organized as Contreras' book. "It is a really good reference," Richardson said. "It is useful because it is organized by type of physician- patient encounter."
At the suggestion of Jonathan Abrams, M.D., professor in Internal Medicine, one of the country's largest pharmaceutical companies is considering adopting the book to make it available to teaching hospitals, outreach programs and rural clinics across the country. The $39.95 book is available online at www.unmpress.com, the UNM Medical and Legal Bookstore as well as at the UNM Book Store, the TVI Bookstore, Page One and Bound To Be Read bookstores. Contreras hopes to
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