Title: How can a doctor communicate when s/he has no shared language with the patient?
I heard a news report about refugees in Greece (on This American Life) about a woman refugee had had heart surgery to correct a hear defect shortly before emigrating from, I think, Syria. The Syrian cardiologist told her not to get pregnant because of her heart condition. But she did get pregnant. She saw a Greek cardiologist, who hesitated to recommend an abortion, because he assumed she would reject the idea out of hand due to her religious practices. There was no interpreter (in person or on the phone) and the doctor tried to communicate with the patient using Google Translate -- this did not go well.
I looked for some communication boards to use in hospitals and found these.
Surely there's something better?