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Searching for the Patient’s Presence in Medical Case Reports


Magdalena Zabielska

The book addresses the issue of the patient’s presence in specialist medical publications in the context of a patient-centered approach to medical practice. The author combines both quantitative and qualitative approaches in order to analyze the discourse about the patient in one of the oldest medical genres, case reports. She traces textual references to patients throughout the reports to show that their nature and frequency depend both on the structure of the genre and the context of the production of these texts. The author touches upon the topical issue that although specialist communication may seem to exclude patients, it does not mean it does not concern them. Indeed, they are written about and it appears critical how this is done.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataZabielska, Magdalena, 1982- , author.Searching for the patient's presence in medical case reports / Magdalena Zabielska.

p. ; cm. – (Philologica Wratislaviensia: from grammar to discourse,

ISSN 1866-699X ; volume 5)

Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN 978-3-631-65211-4 (print) – ISBN 978-3-653-04676-2 (e-book)I. Title. II. Series: Philologica Wratislaviensia ; v. 5. 1866-699X[DNLM: 1. Linguistics. 2. Medical Records. 3. Attitude of Health Personnel.

4. Paternalism. 5. Patients. 6. Physician-Patient Relations. WX 173]

The publication was partly sponsored bythe Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.

Cover design by Beata Opala

ISSN 1866-699XISBN 978-3-631-65211-4 (Print)E-ISBN 978-3-653-04676-2 (E-Book)DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-04676-2

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