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Mark Twain on back translation & French - medical translation
The great American satirist, Mark Twain, was not only a keen observer of American rural life but also was a savvy world traveler and lover of languages.

In 1865, Twain caught wind of an article about him in a French magazine. The article's writer couldn't understand why American readers found Twain's writing so clever. So Twain found the French translation of one of his stories, "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," and back-translated it into English. The result, of course, reads nothing like Twain's original English story, giving Twain fodder for further humor.

What does this have to do with medical translation? Well, clinical trial translations are often subject to back translation as a quality validation method and while we like to think our back translations are better than that of Mark Twain's "Jumping Frog" story, there are some potential pitfalls to the process. You can read the entire article about Twain's translated tale on daily-pulp.com.

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