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Feature Christmas 2017: Language and literacy

An Anglo-American medical lexicon

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 08 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5567

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Shining a light

Having previously trained and worked in India and South Africa, it was quite natural for me to ask for a torch when I needed to examine my patient's pupils on my first day in an American hospital. With horror, the nurses wondered if I was planning to burn the place down. After some further discussion, we established that a flashlight would do the trick just as well!

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 December 2017
Sundar Krishnan
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Iowa City, IA