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Patient:: What does chronic mean to a medical person, doctor ?

Doctor: It means going on and on a period of time, often quite a long period of time. A chronic condition is one that is of long standing. It's opposite of "acute" which we use to mean something that has arisen suddenly- out of the blue you might say.

Patient: I see. Well mine's definitely chronic, then.

Doctor: Yes, I should say so, by now. So-does this acid manifest itself straight after any meal in particular ? Say, after breakfast ?

Patient: I suppose it does. I must be telling you before- it was always at its worst straight after breakfast. And it's just the same now . But I can get it anytime.

Doctor: Yes, I remember you're telling me. So mainly after breakfast. Now have you noticed that any particular foods trigger the heartburn especially fast ? or liquids ?

Patient: Well, coffee and tea don't seem to have much effect on it, so I drink a little bit too much the night before, that can sometimes bring it on bad the morning after.

Doctor: What do you normally drink ? Are you a beer man ? or spirits ?

Patient: Oh, beer, beer- every time . But never more than a pint or two. Sometimes a glass or two of wine. I never touch spirits. I've never seen too much of what spirits can do to other people.

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Voc. 1. chronic =慢性  2. long standing =長続きする 3. acute =急性  4. out of the blue=(突然に)現われる  5. definitely = 明確に 6. trigger (事を)起こす  7. beer man=ビール好きな人   8. spirits=蒸留酒

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