Problems of Medical Translation
MEDICAL translations may be broadly divided into two main categories, depending on their purpose: information or promotion, although this is not to imply that the two are mutually exclusive. A medical communication may-indeed, ideally should-inform as it promotes, and, of course, vice versa. But, by and large, a text intended solely for internal information need not be as highly polished stylistically as one prepared for external promotion. The two are chiefly distinguished by the inclusionsubtle or otherwise-of a sales message.