An Introduction to Spanish for Health Care Workers

Communication and Culture, Fourth Edition

View Inside Price: $79.00

September 28, 2014
416 pages, 7 x 10
187 color + 1 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300212976

Also available in:
Paper with DVD

This edition of the book replaces the book-with-DVD edition; all audio and video media accompanying the book is online at along with other resources for students and instructors. 

Visit the companion website for audio and video programs and many resources for students and instructors.

Now in its fourth edition, this widely used textbook is designed for students or professionals in medical fields who have little or no formal background in Spanish. Using online videos, readings, exercises, and activities such as role play and improvisation, it introduces the grammar structures and specialized medical vocabulary and colloquial terms that nurses, doctors, dentists, and allied health professionals need to communicate effectively with the growing Spanish-speaking population. In addition, rich cultural notes explain Latino customs and communication styles.


• Embellished full-color design with 174 illustrations and 275 classroom activities

• Expanded lexicon, condensed grammar, and more target-language content

• Audio program that can be accessed via QR codes in the text

• A companion Web site with video program, self-correcting quizzes, downloadable graphics, and classroom activity sheets

Robert O. Chase is a social worker and a pretrial competency examiner for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.  An American-Dominican citizen, he teaches Spanish at local hospitals and at Tunxis Community College, drawing on rich Latin-American immersion experiences. Clarisa B. Medina de Chase is a rehabilitation therapist at Connecticut Valley Hospital.  A Dominican-American citizen, she appreciates the value and challenges of learning to successfully function in multiple sociocultural and linguistic contexts.

Note: This edition of the book does not contain the DVD; the DVD program is online at

“What makes this book stand out is the fact that the authors are themselves medical interpreters and the book has been tested in classrooms. . . . [The book] consistently adheres to the principles of communicative language teaching, which focus on the functional language and its appropriate use in context. . . . The choice of topics is excellent, and the cultural notes show a particular sensitivity toward the Latino population.”—Pilar Marcé, University of Iowa, The Modern Language Journal

“This book is original and based on a sound knowledge of the Spanish language. The exercises are practical and enjoyable, engaging students in typical situations that might occur in clinic or hospital settings.”—Anthony LaBruzza, Yale Medical School and Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center