"She's Your Basic L. O. L. in N. A. D."

Preliminary:

Author-- For this essay, what is significant about Klass's experience or background?
Audience--Published in 1984 as a repeating "Hers" column (an opinion column written by women) in the New York Times. Who would read this column?
Thesis-- ??

Topic=special terms and language (=jargon) used by medical professionals. What about this language? What are the multiple uses of this language that Klass mentions?
Where can you find her thesis in her essay?


Reading:

¶1:What are 2 possible reasons why an intern might use special language as described in this short descriptive narrative?

¶2: Why does Klass begin with the brief story, and then start her analysis here?
What does Klass say was the main thing she learned during her 3 months as a medical student?

¶3: Her mother, the English professor, was confused by Klass's casual use of the medical jargon--why mention this?

¶4-5: Klass mentions a generalization here, supported by specific examples. What is the generalization? How does this language influence nurses' attitudes toward patients?
How does this example relate to her thesis and purpose?

¶6-7: In her next example, she introduces the notion of baseball terminology to discuss patients. Why would these medical professionals use something so casual to discuss serious problems?
Using baseball terms makes what they do seem like a game--why would they do this? How does one "win" this game?
How does this compare to what they should be doing in their profession?

¶8: Here Klass discusses the conclusion she has reached about her topic--What is her thesis, and why did she wait so long to give it? Does this work, or would you prefer to see it sooner?
What are the two other attitudes she mentions about medical jargon?

¶9: She uses another example here--an example of what? What is the purpose of this example?

¶10-14: Here is another example--what is the purpose of this jargon? How does Klass want you to react to this information (hint--what is the dominant impression?)

¶15-16: This is a second example linked to 10-14--why include this additional information?

¶17: What is the function of medical jargon that Klass lists here?
Is this is a good thing or a bad thing, according to Klass?

¶18: Klass concludes here.
Note how she re-introduces the topic without merely repeating it. This is a good way to signal a conclusion. She then adds a bit more information which summarizes (without repeating) what she explained in the essay.
The way she uses language here indicates her feelings and attitudes towards her learning and using this new language. What are her attitudes?

Why would this matter to YOU, who are not nurses, interns or doctors?


Purpose-- ?? What does she want you to do/think/be after reading her essay? Did she succeed in that purpose? why or why not?
What jargon (special terms and language used by small groups among each other) do you know and use? Why?

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