The doctor in question came highly recommended by way of an American acquaintance of ours.
Of course this recommendation was not based upon his abilty to diagnose symptoms; his charming bedside manner; nor his dexterity with a stethoscope. No. His ability to speak English was all that mattered.
It’s amazing how much you are prepared to trust someone – just because they can speak your language. But I suppose until we have mastered the ins and outs of French medical terminology – what choice do we have?
“Tony Blair? Oh yes – he’s an excellent Prime Minister – I mean – he speaks English!”