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After the treatment, the patient is through except for follow-up.

What does through mean in the above— recovered from the sickness? What about 'except for follow-up'?

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through here means "done". That is to say, the patient is done with the treatment process, except for any possible follow-up appointments, presumably so that the doctor can check up on how the patient is doing after the treatment.

  • But of course, "through" has a number of different meanings, some which do not offer a particularly rosy view of the patient's future. – Hot Licks May 22 '15 at 18:32

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