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[I feel really embarrassed about this, but I have this sudden burning and pressing in the left side of my chest”, the patient Dorothy McNeil said.]
[When did you last say to someone that you had a headache? Did the listener understand what you meant? If you now reply “yes”, how do you know that? Perhaps she usually means by the term “headache” something different than you do.]
[The brief sketch of the problematic character of the traditional semantic conception of meaning demonstrated that meaning cannot be separated from the role the users of a language play in their communication with one another.]
[If the term “medical linguistics”vacant, it would have been the appropriate heading for the current Part I that we have entitled “The language of medicine”. But it is used in medical informatics as the name of a restricted domain concerned with a few specific aspects of medical language.]
[As a science and practice of health care with responsibilities for individual and social health affairs, medicine has many objectives including the following ones.]
[The remarkableMethods ofmedical concept formationskillMedicalconcept formation with which children intuitively use spoken language demonstrates that explicit knowledge of semantics is not a necessary condition for fluently speaking a natural language.]
[As a science and practice of intervention and control, medicine is concerned with cure and care, the promotion and protection of health, and the prevention of maladies and human suffering (see p. X).]
[In Western culture, human medicine has evolved as a healing profession, and as such, it is oriented toward curing sick people, caring for sick people, preventing maladies, and promoting health.]
[Clinical practice is where the clinical encounter and decision-making occur.]
[Fragmentary medical-epistemological thoughts are put forward in medical journals and books every day. But there is as yet no medical epistemology as an established area of inquiry.]
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