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Topic: Man on Fire


Title: Man Catches Fire during Surgery

Source: Infowars.com, Reuters

Date: Monday, Apr. 18, 2005

Level: Intermediate

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Vocabulary

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New words you will see in this article:

anonymous

alcohol

content(s)

determine

dispute(d)

emergency

factually

flame(s)

ignite

investigation

launch(ed)

media

mention(ed)

operate(-ing)

patient

pour

public(ly)

quality

surgery/surgical

undergo(ing)

Interesting phrases

catch fire

go up in flames

health care

launch an investigation

a sign of (something)

Talking Points

With your tutor, conversation partners, or classmates, you may wish to discuss the following:

(Note: This is a tragic situation. We do not wish to make light of it.)

Have you heard of any strange occurrences that happened during surgery?

What do you think could have prevented this, or was it purely accidental?

What should the man's family do (if anything) to seek compensation from the hospital?

Do you think a lawsuit would be appropriate in this situation?
Against whom? (the doctors/surgeons, hospital, others)

For More Practice

Check the newspaper for recent accidents or tragic events.
Describe the event(s) to your partner and discuss how this type of thing might be prevented in the future.

Pretend you work for a hospital where a tragic situation occurred.
How will you handle the publicity?

Do you think doctors are unfairly targeted in lawsuits?
How can we determine if a lawsuit is merited or not?

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Last updated: 15 February, 2010 02:43:16