Tag Archives: rhetoric of medicine

Recent Readings in STS

I’ve been reading pretty voraciously over the past two months and as such, I’ve not had time to keep up with my book reviews. So this is a catch up post. I don’t normally like to tackle so many works in a single review, but if I don’t write about these now I’ll never have […]

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RSA Recap

I’ve just returned a few days ago from the Rhetoric Society of American conference in beautiful Minneapolis, Mn (May28-31). I also attended the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology pre-conference, Friday morning. RSA is getting big. In fact, I heard many a grumble in the hallways of the conference hotel which said “too […]

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Dissertation Defense

Just for fun I thought I’d post my dissertation defense notes. —————————————————————————— Rhetorics of pain:  Agency and regulation in the medical-industrial complex Disciplinary Project Rhetoric of science → Rhetoric of technoscience & medicine Scientific discourse → Material-semiotic networks Ontology, materiality, power, agency Textual analysis → Critical systems ethnography Everything’s an object of inquiry Capturing the […]

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Part II: Field atomization

This post continues the previous post. Though it’s not strictly necessary to read both to catch the tenor of my argument, it might help. As I mentioned in my last post, my efforts to think through the atomization of rhetoric http://5000.blogspot.com/2010/02/on-atomization-of-rhetoric.html has led me to atomize atomization. Where previously I was discussing the problems of […]

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Summer reading

The following is an abbreviated version of my summer reading list. But More importantly, I’m playing with Zotero (recently installed and much enjoyed). Cambrosio, A., Keating, P., Schlich, T., & Weisz, G. (2009). Biomedical Conventions and Regulatory Objectivity: A Few Introductory Remarks. Social Studies of Science, 39(5), 651-664. doi:10.1177/0306312709334640 Carolan, M. S. (2008). Democratizing Knowledge: […]

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Morris, D. B. (1991). The Culture of Pain. Berkeley: UCal Press

David B. Morris’ The Culture of Pain (1991) offers the reader a wide reaching exploration of medical and cultural approaches to pain and its management. Foundational to his book is Morris’ argument that the then-contemporary biomedical approach to pain was grounded in a mechanistic ontology of the human body. Morris argues that this biomedical approach […]

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Dumit, J. (2004). Picturing personhood: Brain scans and biomedical identity. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans are currently used by the popular press and the entertainment industry to provoke great excitement. This mysterious and fantastic technology is (seemingly) able to probe deep into the invisible brain and take photographs which can tell scientists more about how the brain works and doctors more about keeping it working. […]

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Segal, J. Z. (1993). Strategies of influence in medical authorship. Social Science and Medicine, 37(4), 521-530.

In “Strategies of Influence in Medical Authorship,” Judy Z. Segal explores the rhetoric of medical authorship through the lens of three Aristotelian canons, invention, style, and delivery. After a justification of her use or rhetorical analysis for scientific discourse, Segal analyzes rhetorical strategies deployed in 35 medical journal articles selected from a corpus of 200 […]

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Starr, P. (1982). The social transformation of American medicine: The rise of a sovereign profession and the making of vast industry. USA: Basic Books.

In The Social Transformation of American Medicine, Paul Starr offers the reader a sweeping, thorough, and detailed history of the American medical profession. Book One interrogates American medicine’s establishment of sovereign cultural/ professional ethos and developing socio-economic dynamics from approximately 1790 to 1930. Book One traces the American medical establishment from fledgling pseudo-profession to cultural […]

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Cali, D. D. & Estrada, C. (1999). The medical interview as rhetorical counterpart of the case presentation. Health Communication, 11(4), 355-373.

In “The Medical Interview as Rhetorical Counterpart of the Case Presentation,” Dennis Cali and Carlos Estrada conduct a “macrocommunication analysis” reviewing then-recent genre-studies of case presentations and medical interviews. The authors suggest the macroanalytic approach for its ability to respond to three then-recent trends in rhetorically-situated health communication studies: 1) the emphasis on “individual factors […]

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