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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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Index: Names and terms from the main text


Author’s note: While all the occurrences of the authors’ names mentioned in the work have been listed here, some limitations have been introduced regarding the terms used. Due to their high frequence of occurrence in some chapters/ sections, in some cases, e.g., patient or case report, primarily theoretical and methodological contexts where the terms occur have been listed or those which are key to the empirical part of the work.


Aarts, Bas 93, 123, 138

academic, community 14

action, nominal 95

actualized, meaning potential 14

Adams Smith, Diana E. 17, 34

Agent (role) 69, 93–95, 108–110, 120, 124, 136, 138–139, 141, 147

Albert, Tim 32, 68, 73

Anaya-Prado, Roberto 68, 73

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