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    Can I use these words?

    Hello,

    I am writing a guideline to patients who suffer from psoriasis. Can I use the words "Internal Treatments" as a title for a chapter about remedies, such as natural supplements, vitamins etc., and "External Treatments" as a title for a chapter about creams, skin cleansers, skin care etc.? English is not my native language so I don't know if it sounds unprofessional. I would prefer not to use the words systemic (for internal treatments), and topical (for external treatments). The readers are a mixture of people who have English as their first language, and people who have it as their second - I believe that people will know the words "Internal" and "External" more than the words "Systemic" and "Topical".

    Will it be okay to use the words "Internal Treatments" and "External Treatments" as chapter titles?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Can I use these words?

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    Makes sense to me.

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    'Internal treatment' sounds to me like treatment of the inside of the body rather than the surface.
    Last edited by 5jj; 04-Aug-2012 at 19:21.

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    Re: Can I use these words?

    Internal treatments would be suitable, intuitively rather than medically, for treatments the person eats or are otherwise input inside the body, for example through injection. Any treatment dabbed on the skin would be an external treatment -- again, in the intuitive understanding of the word.

    I'm not a medic, but if I've understood it correctly the words "systemic" and "topical" are a different categorization. I would suggest "whole-body treatments" for systemic treatments, and "local treatments" for topical treatments, if the words "external" and "internal" don't quite cover it.

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    Re: Can I use these words?

    Thanks to all of you!

    I think I will use internal and external treatments for the chapter titles, because the words are sort of a pair. I also like your suggestion Abaka, "local treatments" and "whole-body treatments" (although I believe you could also use that phrase for e.g. "a whole-body massage", which would be considered an "external treatment"...). The important thing for me is to know that it doesn't sound unprofessional to people whose native language is English.

    What a great forum - thanks again

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    Re: Can I use these words?

    "local" instead of external treatments and "oral" instead of internal treatment

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    Re: Can I use these words?

    Quote Originally Posted by winnie22 View Post
    "Local" instead of "external treatments" and "oral" instead of "internal treatment".
    You have already been asked to submit answers in grammatical English as that is what students expect from teachers.

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    Re: Can I use these words?

    Thanks, "local" and "oral" are also good words - I can use them in my text so I don't use the same words too many times, but I guess my original suggestions are not wrong to use, right?

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    Re: Can I use these words?

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