Archive for Volume 2

Our First Special Issue: Medical, Gender, and Body Rhetorics

“Medical rhetoric, much like gender and body rhetorics, enjoys a rich interdisciplinary history and so feels at home in a journal dedicated to the rhetorical study of socially significant and timely topics. We seek to expand the field’s endeavors with this special, double issue.”

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A Womb With a View: Identifying the Culturally Iconic Fetal Image in Prenatal Ultrasound Provisions

Rochelle Gregory

“Ultrasound provisions specifically exploit the cultural significance of the iconic fetal image in order to dissuade a patient from terminating her pregnancy.”

Inoculating the Public: Managing Vaccine Rhetoric

Monica Brown

“Rhetoricians of health and medicine can challenge the effectiveness of the instrumental view of persuasion entailed by the commonplaces that regulate public health, such as fact is knowledge while belief is fiction.”

Laboring Bodies and Writing Work: The Pregnant First-Year Writing Instructor

Jessica Restaino

“In the pregnant composition teacher we see a dangerously stacked set of circumstances… Enclosed in a body that far exceeds her control, she is a microcosm for the larger system in which she must teach.”

Stasis Theory and Meaningful Public Participation in Pharmaceutical Policy

Christa Teston and S. Scott Graham

“Our findings suggest that the FDA’s deliberative procedures may more adequately capture stakeholder testimony were it to incorporate a pre-hearing event wherein all parties agree to definitions for key points.”

“Wellness” as Incipient Illness: Dietary Supplements in a Biomedical Culture

Colleen Derkatch

“Wellness has become pathologized in Western culture, mapped conceptually onto a medically oriented illness model through processes that are fundamentally discursive in nature, centered on persuasion.”

The Concept of Choice as Phallusy: A Few Reasons Why We Could Not Agree More

Amy Koerber, Amanda K. Booher, Rebecca J. Rickly

“We argue that abortion discourse on all sides has
been too rational and, more importantly,
that this rationality has been defined in a
male-oriented way.”

Healthy Living: Metaphors We Eat By?

Philippa Spoel, Roma Harris, Flis Henwood

“Attending to the most ubiquitous—and hence least noticeable—metaphors within rhetorics of health and medicine can, as Judy Segal notes, shed light on the values that these terms “smuggle into” healthcare policy and practice”

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Epideictic Rhetoric and the Reinvention of Disability: A Study of Ceremony at the New York State Asylum for “Idiots”

Zosha Stuckey

“I use epideictic rhetoric to examine how the intellectually disabled person was over time constructed and deconstructed via praise and blame.”

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Research Update: Pain Medication and the Figure of the Pain Patient

Judy Z. Segal

“On the one hand, pain is an event or condition socially negotiated; for the same reason, the pain patient is socially constituted. On the other hand, pain is experienced individually and, in many ways, privately.”

Skele­ton Typogram. By Aaron Kuehn:

An Annotated Bibliography of Literature on the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine

Jessica Masri Eberhard

“Beginning in late the 1970s, rhetoric and composition scholars have had three primary access points from which to approach the study of medicine: canonical rhetoric, technical communication, and the rhetoric of science.”

Doctors at the General Assembly. By Waldo Jaquith:

Interview: Transplant Deliberations and Patient Advocacy

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“Continuing to allow patients to be empowered with their own medical care is key, and getting to know them to see what triggers them to take care of their own needs is huge.”

Book Review: Emmons’ Black Dogs and Blue Words

Patty A. Kelly

“Emmons’ discourse-centered approach examines the interrelationships of personhood/gender/mental health and illness and demonstrates how language shapes and reflects gendered depictions of the depressed self.”

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Book Review: Disability and Mothering: Liminal Spaces of Embodied Knowledge

Ashlynn Reynolds-Dyk

“Each of these essays explores the overlaps and tensions of disability and mothering in the context of subject positions and liminal spaces, the complex and often confusing space where the personal and social collide.”

Vol. 2.1: A Timely Issue

Volume 2.1 continues our publication’s trend of especially timely work. The articles of Volume 2.1 describe political and technological developments with ongoing consequences: a US public relation firm’s promotion of Gaddafi’s dictatorship; Arizona’s subjugation of immigrant bodies; epistemological production through social media.