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October 20, 1917

Slovak (Slavish) Self-Taught.

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(16):1376. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590430070029

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Abstract

Slovak is the language spoken by the people of northern Hungary and Moravia. It is closely allied to all the Slavic languages, so that a smattering of Slovak helps the physician in dealing with Slavs in general. With a little further study he can deal with Polish, Croatian, Bohemian, Serbian and Russian patients. It is an advantage that the Slavic languages resemble each other more as spoken than as written. "Slovak Self-Taught" is not a pocket manual, but has a stout cover about 9 by 6 inches. It contains thirty-six pages of classified phrases in common use, with the pronunciation, a vocabulary of thirty pages, and fifty-four pages of grammar. The print is unusually large and clear. A page and a half are devoted to "With the Doctor." This section is fairly complete, but it does not contain the terms of command: "Sleep" and "Wake up," which may be needed

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