Genres, Discourse Strategies and Professional Practices
Edited By Rita Salvi and Janet Bowker
On the State of Public Health: Discourse and Sharing Practices in Annual Medical Reports
This chapter explores the discursive strategies used to disseminate knowledge in a range of Annual Reports describing the incidence of diseases and communicating emerging threats to human health, as well as safe medical practice in the European network.
Since Victorian times, the interest of British experts and institutional bodies has been directed towards health knowledge and has developed authoritative scientific opinions through the release of informative documentation such as the Annual Reports by the Chief Medical Officer1 (henceforth CMO) on the state of public health.
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