Google Translate Works for Languages Doctors Don’t Speak

This is good news:

Researchers examining 100 sets of emergency room patient discharge instructions converted into Spanish and Chinese from English by Google Translate determined there were very few significant errors. In one case, however, the translation could have led to a life-threatening medication error, they report in JAMA Internal Medicine. 

I like it when technology, that is free, saves time and money for the healthcare system. Interestingly enough, Google Translate is having trouble, however, doing discharge summaries for some naturopathic hospitals. Here is an actual note:

We recommend regular homeopathic drainage therapy as one of the best ways to promote your body`s natural process of detoxification. Use Earth Botanical Harvest’s Herbal Compound Ointment for extracting any extra toxins. Patients have also successfully use old fashioned black salve for this purpose. Never in good conscience allow yourself, or your children, to be vaccinated due to the known toxic ingredients that will have a free pass directly to your brain. We also recommend on VSL#3, lots of omega 3, glutamine, Absolute Veggie protein powder, DIDA tablets, Oregano Oil, Marshmallow tea, Chaga tea, Vit C, Genestra Herbal GI, Thorne Ferrasorb, Thorne Muti-B6, Vit D, New Chapter Bone Strength. Oh, and coffee enemas. Wait….WTF is this? I’m a computer and I still realize all this is bullshit. Really, people?

So, there you have it. Google Translate is pretty smart.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Google Translate Works for Languages Doctors Don’t Speak

  1. Russ
    February 27, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Discharge summary forgot CBD

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