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Volume 25, Issue 2 - Medical Communication

Gained in Translation

Abstract

Editorial

We may pose many questions about translation, but the most frequent in the specific literature is “why translation matters?” In my opinion, however, the question should be rephrased as, “For whom is translation important?” The answer might seem obvious, but if so, why are translators and interpreters underused in medical settings?

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