What is the Globetrotter's Pocket Doc?

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Globetrotter's Pocket Doc is the premier tool for translating your medical needs to foreign healthcare professionals.

Written by a Board Certified Internist and Gastroenterologist over a three year period, Globetrotter's Pocket Doc addresses issues regarding communication of essential medical information to foreign speaking healthcare professionals during major and minor medical illnesses.

For example, while traveling abroad an acute illness such as a severe cough or chest pain may occur. How does one relate this information to another person? Is this a pneumonia, a simple viral illness that will resolve on its own? Perhaps the chest pain is a heart attack. Medical professionals rely on the history of the present illness (called an HPI-History of Present Illness) to help select tests and determine severity of the illness.

To accomplish this, a patient will be interviewed by a physician, in order to ascertain the important medical facts about the current illness. This interview can be complicated even when both patient and physician speak the same language. Imagine how difficult it would be to communicate in a foreign language. Globetrotter's Pocket Doc has been designed to overcome this issue by providing a detailed medical history (written by medical professionals to insure accurate information is obtained) with the foreign language translation.

With Globetrotter's Pocket Doc you will be control of the information provided to the foreign physician. The text has been written in layman's terms with the foreign language translation.

The Medical Consultants at Globetrotter's Pocket Doc have rewritten complicated medical history information into simple statements that patients understand. By supplying the foreign language translation, this information can be quickly and efficiently transferred to your new physician. The net result is provision of essential medical information required for a correct diagnosis and effective treatment plan.

Globetrotter's Pocket Doc is not meant to replace a translator but to initiate the communication necessary to start a diagnostic medical evaluation. This text will complement and enhance the information gathered through the translator.

Both major and minor adult and pediatric illnesses and injuries have been included. The Medical Consultants have reviewed common diagnosis that can be addressed as an outpatient or bring a patient to a physician's office or Emergency Department. These include:

  • Replacement of lost medications
  • Obtaining over the counter medications in a foreign country to treat the common cold etc.
  • Chest pain (i.e. pneumonia and heart attack symptoms)
  • Asthma
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Early Labor
  • Electrical injury
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Pediatric Medical Problems

Furthermore, Globetrotter's Pocket Doc has the most extensive translated pharmaceutical reference available. Divided into two sections, Over the Counter Medications (those commonly available in the USA) and Prescriptions Medications this feature provides medications including their common doses, indications, generic names and the generic name translation.

By translating the generic name, one helps to insure that foreign pharmacists select the correct medication.

In most foreign countries, medications are not available as one might find in the USA. During travel, a consultation with a pharmacist is usually required in order to select the right medication. How does one inform the pharmacist, who may well not be conversant in English of your needs?

For example, most parents know how to treat their own, and their children's, common problems such as the common cold, runny noses or the flu. In the United States, one might select any number of products to treat this problem. Perhaps a trip to the local USA pharmacy would result in the purchase of Alka-Seltzer Cold and Flu. You know that this particular medication has been effective in the past. But how do you tell the foreign pharmacist that this medication is effective for the patient's symptoms?

Globetrotter's Pocket Doc breaks down the components of Alka-Seltzer Cold and Flu into their generic names (with dose) and then TRANSLATES these into French.


By looking up Alka-Seltzer Cold and Flu in Globetrotter's Pocket Doc, you find:

Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold and Flu
Generic/Dose: acetaminophen (paracétamol) 325 mg
dextromethorphan hydrobromide (dextrométhorphane bromhydrate) 10 mg
pseudoephedrine hydrochloride (pseudoéphédrine chlorhydrate) 30 mg
Indication: analgesic (analgésique)
decongestant (décongestant)

NOW you can communicate with the pharmacist effectively, accurately and efficiently. The pharmacist knows the generic drugs and their strengths. He or she can now select an appropriate medication for you.

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