|intermediate||medical diagnosis and care||man – woman||02:14|
What are some of the major illnesses and diseases that affect people your age in your country? Who do you consult for information on these illnesses? How reliable is this information?
“pull through” = recover from an illness
“Grandma had a serious accident in her car, but the doctors think that she’s going to pull through.”
“run in the family” = to be common in the family
“The doctors said that this disorder might run in the family.”
A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.
Man: Oh, I think I just have a bad cold.
Woman: I saw this on the Internet. It says right here what you've got. [ What? ] Yeah. It says if you have purple skin [ Purple? It . . . You've got purple skin. Look in the mirror. It says it is a sign of a rare disease called the Burafa virus.
Woman: Oh, no, James! Oh, no. Let me look. Oh, look right here, right here. Here it is. It talks about it . . . I saw this on the Internet.
Woman: Come on. Look. The owner is a well-known psychic named Dr. Simon. Man: A . . . a psychic? What in the world makes this psychic a medical expert anyway?
Woman: Oh, no. [ What? ] Oh, no. Oh, James. [ What? ] It says that once the cough sets in, the person only has . . . . only . . . only, only a week to live.
Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:
Describe a time when you used the Internet to find information about a medical problem you had. What was your illness? How many Web sites did you look at to find information? Did you consult with a doctor about the problem or did you rely on the information on the Web sites?
Choose one of these illnesses (the flu, a sore throat, diarrhea, or an ear infection) and then use the Internet to find the answers to some of these questions: