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1,109 - Reading Poor Handwriting

June 5th, 2015

Episode 248 of 489 episodes

Even with all of our wonderful technology, we still sometimes need to write with pen and paper. Learn about how some people don’t do that very well in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:29 Explanations: 3:18 Fast dialog: 15:03 Lily: Can you make out what this says? Hassan: Geez, who wrote that? Lily: My doctor. She wrote down some instructions for me, but I can’t read her handwriting. Hassan: I have no idea what that chicken scratch says. Lily: I think that’s a “T,” but maybe it’s an “F.” Hassan: Face it. Those scribbles are illegible. Why don’t you take a photo of that and email it to her nurse? Maybe she can decipher it for you. Lily: I feel like if I just keep at it, I’ll be able to work it out. Hassan: Patients shouldn’t have to try and read a doctor’s sloppy writing. What if they misinterpret it and do the wrong thing as part of their treatment? Lily: This note isn’t that bad. I think I might have the first two words figured out already. Hassan: Then you’re better at reading bad penmanship than I am. Maybe you should have a try at these English essays. I have 60 of them to grade. Lily: Wow, looking at these, I’d say you have 60 future doctors in the making! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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