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Assessing rhetorical principles of contemporary health issues

 

Hypochondriacs are vulnerable to media hype, anorexics are susceptible to public scrutiny, and mi­graine sufferers are tainted with the history of the “migraine personality,” maintains rhetorical theorist Judy Z. Segal. All are influenced by the power of per­suasion.

 

Health and the Rhetoric of Medicine explores per­sistent health conditions that resist conventional medical solutions. Using a range of rhetorical prin­ciples, Segal analyzes how patients and their illnesses are formed within the physician/patient relationship. The intractable problem of a patient’s rejection of a doctor’s advice, says Segal, can be considered a rhe­torical failure—a failure of persuasion.

 

Examining the discourse of medicine through case studies, applications, and analyses, Segal illus­trates how illnesses are described in ways that limit

patients’ choices and satisfaction. She also illuminates psychiatric conditions, infectious diseases, genetic testing, and cosmetic surgeries through the lens of rhetorical theory.

 

Health and the Rhetoric of Medicine bridges criti­cal analysis for scholarly, professional, and lay audi­ences. Segal highlights the persuasive element in di­agnosis, health policy, illness experience, and illness narratives. She also addresses questions of direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs, the role of health information in creating the “worried well” and problems of trust and expertise in physician/patient relationships. A useful resource for critical common sense in everyday life, the text provides an effective examination of a society increasingly influ­enced by the rhetoric of health and medicine.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. c-ii
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. iii-iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. iv-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: The What, Why, and How of a Rhetoric of Medicine
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 1. A Kairology of Biomedicine
  2. pp. 21-36
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  1. 2. Patient Audience: The Rhetorical Construction of the Migraineur
  2. pp. 37-58
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  1. 3. The Epideictic Rhetoric of Pathography
  2. pp. 59-73
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  1. 4. Hypochondria as a Rhetorical Disorder
  2. pp. 74-90
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  1. 5. A Rhetoric of Death and Dying
  2. pp. 91-114
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  1. 6. Values, Metaphors, and Health Policy
  2. pp. 115-132
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  1. 7. The Problem of Patient “Noncompliance”: Paternalism, Expertise, and the Ethos of the Physician
  2. pp. 133-152
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  1. Conclusion: The Usefulness of a Rhetoric of Medicine
  2. pp. 153-160
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 161-186
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 187-210
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 211-217
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  1. Author Bio
  2. pp. 218-218
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. bc-bc
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780809386260
Related ISBN
9780809328666
MARC Record
OCLC
842965600
Pages
232
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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