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Health and the Rhetoric of Medicine

ISBN-10: 0809328666
ISBN-13: 9780809328666
Edition: N/A
Authors: Judy Z. Segal
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Description: Persuasion is a key to understanding some of the most difficult-to-solve problems in health and health care-problems like illness anxiety, "contested illnesses," patient noncompliance, and end-of-life decision making. In each case, maintains  More...

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Book details

List price: $38.00
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 6/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Persuasion is a key to understanding some of the most difficult-to-solve problems in health and health care-problems like illness anxiety, "contested illnesses," patient noncompliance, and end-of-life decision making. In each case, maintains rhetorical theorist Judy Z. Segal, a revealing question to ask is, "Who is persuading whom of what-and what are the means of persuasion?"

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The What, Why, and How of a Rhetoric of Medicine
A Kairology of Biomedicine
Patient Audience: The Rhetorical Construction of the Migraineur
The Epideictic Rhetoric of Pathography
Hypochondria as a Rhetorical Disorder
A Rhetoric of Death and Dying
Values, Metaphors, and Health Policy
The Problem of Patient "Noncompliance": Paternalism, Expertise, and the Ethos of the Physician
Conclusion: The Usefulness of a Rhetoric of Medicine
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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