In this volume, medical communication is analyzed from various viewpoints: not only from a merely linguistic angle, with a focus on the description of the genres used in medical and healthcare contexts, but also from a social and cultural standpoint, with an emphasis both on the doctor-patient relationship and on the social relevance of the other types of communicative links existing between the many communities involved in this type of interaction.
The study of some of the main fields typical of medical communication has highlighted a considerable variety of themes, data and research methods which are clearly representative of the eclectic interest in this specific domain and of the wide range of approaches developed for its investigation.
As the various chapters show, linguistic analysis proves to be highly applicable to textualizations involving multiple interactions and practices, and several kinds of participants, including different healthcare professionals, trainees and patients.
Notes on Contributors
MIRIAM BAIT is Assistant Professor in English Language and Translation at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, University of Milan, Italy, where she teaches language and communication-related courses. Her research interests include English for Specific Purposes, intercultural business communication, language in the media, and Special Educational Needs in EFL Teaching. Her current work focuses on textual and discursive variations in corporate and institutional communication in English, English as a lingua franca, Neurolinguistics and Learning aids for special needs. She has participated in nationally funded research projects based in Italy and has been on the organizing committee of numerous academic conferences. She conducts seminars and workshops for Italian companies and multinationals, training managers in intercultural business communication, public speaking, meetings and negotiations, and strategic communication.
CAROL BERKENKOTTER is Professor of Rhetoric and Communication in the Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota. Her interests are in the rhetoric of medicine and psychiatry. Over the last decade she has used the techniques of discourse and genre analysis to study the evolution of the case history narrative resulting in the book, Patient Tales: Case Histories and the Uses of Narrative in Psychiatry. She is currently working with Cristina Hanganu-Bresch on a book-length manuscript, tentatively titled, Madness and Identity: Diagnosing, Constructing, and Interpreting the Psychiatric Patient, 1850–1920.
RUTH BREEZE (MA, PhD) has researched and published widely in the area of media language, legal language and professional communication. She is a member of the GradUN research group...
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