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29 - Exploring a patient’s problem further

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In this clip we see the doctor exploring further Mr Wilson's heartburn by asking a very personal and direct question. The result is that the doctor is able to isolate the problem (as much as possible) and later be able to diagnose the correct treatment.

"Do any particular foods seem to bring on your heartburn?" "Bring on" means to start something off.

"It just sets me off". To "set something off" means to cause it to start.

To "avoid something like the plague" means to stay away from it or refrain from doing it.

To "avoid something like the plague" means to stay away from it or refrain from doing it.

Medical words: heartburn, condition, alcoholics, cirrhosis, liver, hypersensitivity

Possible problematic words: damage, booze, particular, effect, particular, salmon, cucumber, contact, avoid

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