Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Speakout Advanced p 85. Virtual Doctors. Extra Multiple Choice Cloze

Clare Harrison rarely (0) ________ ill and hates going to the doctor’s when she does. So when she recently (1) _________ out in a painful rash down one side of her body she emailed her symptoms, which also included a (2) _________ fever, to e-doc, the internet medical service. Two hours later she was diagnosed as having shingles (Herpes Zoster) by her online doctor, who (3) _________ a special cleansing solution for the rash and analgesics to help (4) __________ the pain. 
Health advice is now the second most popular topic that people search for on the internet, and online medical (5) ________is big business. Sites (6) ________ enormously in what they offer, with services ranging from the equivalent of a medical agony aunt to a live chat with a doctor via email. They are clearly (7) _________ a demand from people who are too busy or, in some cases, too embarrassed to discuss their medical (8) _________ with their GP.
Dr Ron Zeronis (9) _________ with the idea for e-doc when he (10) _________ a particularly dangerous form of malaria whilst travelling in a remote part of Africa. With only very basic medical facilities available, Dr Zeronis resolved there and then to launch his site and (11)_________ a service for others who found themselves in a similar situation. Not all practitioners, however, are in favour of sites such as e-doc; many point to the potential dangers of online medical advice, particularly in the case of more (12) __________ illnesses.

0  A falls
B stays
C goes
D turns
1  A came
B passed
C worked
D ran
2  A small
B weak
C mild
D calm
3  A determined
B concluded
C prescribed
D intended
4  A relieve   
B disappear
C improve
D lighten
5  A attendance
B appointment
C meeting
D consultation
6  A alter
B distinguish
C change
D vary
7  A meeting
B serving
C creating
D establishing
8  A complaint
B story
C hardship
D harm
9  A got on
B thought over
C came up
D put forward
10  A received
B contracted
C gained
D acquired
11  A supply
B distribute
C provide
D deliver
12  A important
B deathly
C serious
D endangered

0 A

Fall ill

Come out in sth: to become covered in spots, etc. on the skin. E.g. Hot weather makes her come out in a rash.

rash: an area of red spots on a person's skin, caused by an illness or a reaction to something. E.g. I woke up covered in a rash. I come out in a rash (= a rash appears on my skin) if I eat chocolate.


Mild: not severe or strong. E.g. A mild form of the disease. Use a soap that is mild on the skin. A mild fever.

Shingles: a disease that affects the nerves and produces a band of painful spots on the skin (Herpes Zóster, Sp. culebrilla).

Prescribe (V)
Prescription (N)

Cleanse:[ klenz] to clean your skin or a wound: e.g. a cleansing cream. A cleansing solution.

Analgesic: [ˌænəlˈdʒiːzɪk]: a substance that reduces pain. SYN painkiller. E.g. Aspirin is a mild analgesic.

Relieve the pain

Consultation:[ˌkɒnsəlˈteɪʃ ən] a meeting with an expert, especially a doctor, to get advice or treatment. E.g. online medical consultation.

vary: /ˈveəri/

Range (from A to B) to include a variety of different things in addition to those mentioned. E.g. She has had a number of different jobs, ranging from chef to swimming instructor. The conversation ranged widely (= covered a lot of different topics).

agony aunt/ uncle: a person who writes an agony column in a newspaper or magazine giving advice in reply to people's letters about their personal problems. 

via: /ˈvaɪə/ /ˈviːə/

Meet (a demand): to do or satisfy what is needed or what sb asks for. SYN fulfil. E.g. How can we best meet the needs of all the different groups? Until these conditions are met we cannot proceed with the sale. I can’t possibly meet that deadline.

Complaint: an illness, especially one that is not serious, and often one that affects a particular part of the body. E.g. A skin complaint.

Come up with: to find or produce an answer, a sum of money, etc. E.g. She came up with a new idea for increasing sales. How soon can you come up with the money?

Contract: to get an illness. E.g. To contract AIDS / a virus / a disease.

dangerous: /ˈdeɪndʒərəs/

malaria: /məˈleəriə/ a disease that causes fever and shivering (= shaking of the body) caused by the bite of some types of mosquito.

resolve: /rɪˈzɒlv/ to make a firm decision to do something. E.g. resolve to do something He resolved not to tell her the truth. Resolve (that)… She resolved (that) she would never see him again. Resolve on something/ on doing something We had resolved on making an early start.

launch: /lɔːntʃ/ to start an activity or to make a product available to the public for the first time. E.g.
to launch an appeal/ an inquiry/ an investigation/ a campaign. To launch an attack/ invasion. A party to launch his latest novel. The new model will be launched in July.

Provide sb (with sth)/ provide sth (for sb): to give sth to sb or make it available for them to use. E.g. The hospital has a commitment to provide the best possible medical care. We are here to provide a service for the public. We are here to provide the public with a service.

practitioner:  /prækˈtɪʃənə(r)/ a person who works in a profession, especially medicine or law. E.g. dental practitioners. A qualified practitioner.

in favour of

point to sth: to mention sth that you think is important and/ or the reason why a particular situation exists: e.g. The board of directors pointed to falling productivity to justify their decision.


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