Volume 22, Issue 2
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This paper gives a preliminary insight into Hispanic medical discourse. It explores how a physician exercises power and in conversations with patients and it includes patients’ perception about good medical practice.

The focus is on the analysis of a conversation tape-recorded between the most popular and likeable doctor in the clinic and a female patient. This interaction is compared with the results obtained from a semi-structured interview aiming to discover if this medical exchange represents what patients have identified as positive medical behaviour.

The Hispanic data demonstrate that the doctor uses a variety of strategies in the exchange in order to show both his medical knowledge and his linguistic competence in expressing in discourse. The latter helps to create a pleasant atmosphere in an interaction in which the doctor’s use of the language is paramount.


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