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Approximately 20 million persons in the United States consider Spanish their preferred language. As a Hispanic-American resident in New York City, I became acutely aware of the importance of having a working knowledge of Spanish. I was fortunate in my parents' determination that I maintain fluency in my native language, which has become an invaluable tool for me. Innumerable times in my career, I have approached an Hispanic patient and said, "Yo hablo español." This statement has often been met with a look of immeasurable relief and comfort. The stress of an illness alone is very difficult. If, in addition,
Medical Spanish: The Instant Survival Guide. Ann Intern Med. ;115:72. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-1-72_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(1):72.
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