ENGL 002M. Medical Writing and Rhetoric
This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of medical humanities and typical
genres of writing within medicine. By analyzing texts and narratives by physicians and other
medical practitioners, students will identify and assess rhetorical strategies used in medicine to
communicate with specialist and non-specialist audiences. By composing their own patient or
witness narratives, students will further develop a repertoire of effective rhetorical techniques to
engage both a scholarly and broader civic audience. In parallel with the focus on texts from
within health professions, students will 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. Close reading,
seminar discussion, writing exercises, group workshops, and communication projects, including
a research paper, will give students the opportunity to strengthen their critical writing skills and
modes of inquiry in line with discipline-specific conventions.
Spring 2018. Mera Ford.