ENGL 002M. Medical Writing and Rhetoric


This course introduces students to the field of medical humanities and to typical genres of writing within medicine. By analyzing texts and narratives by physicians and other health practitioners, we will identify and assess rhetorical strategies used to communicate with specialist and non-specialist audiences. By composing their own patient or witness narratives, students will further develop effective rhetorical techniques to engage both a scholarly and civic audience. We will also explore representations of medical (mal)practice from popular culture to interrogate dominant myths-perpetuated through visual, digital, and written media-that inform the social and rhetorical contexts of medical discourse.  

 
Humanities.
Writing.
1 credit.
Spring 2021. Mera Ford
Catalog chapter: English Literature
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/english-literature


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