First Do No Harm

First Do No Harm : Empathy and the Writing of Medical Journal Articles

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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138969842
  • 9781138969841

About Mary Ellen Knatterud

Mary E. Knatterud, Ph.D. is a research associate and assistant professor in the Department of Surgery of the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. Dr. Knatterud is a fellow of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), a member of the Conference of College Composition and Communication (CCCC) and of the Council of Science Editors (CSE). She has published articles about medical communication in the AMWA Journal, Dialysis & Transplantation, and Minnesota Physician among others.
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Table of contents

Chapter I. Overview: A Rhetorical Shift, Over Time, in the Social Construction of Patients in the New England Journal of Medicine

Tables 1-5

Chapter II. New England Journal of Medicine, March 25, 1828: On a Last-Name Basis with Fleshed-Out Patients

Chapter III. New England Journal of Medicine, March 25, 1858: "Medical Priests" Constructing "Good" and "Bad" Patients

Chapter IV. New England Journal of Medicine, March 29, 1888: Reductionist Measurements and "Refractory" Patients

Chapter V. New England Journal of Medicine, March 28,1918: Nationalistic and Metaphoric Constructions of Patients

Chapter VI. New England Journal of Medicine, March 25, 1948: "Problem" Patients to "Perform on" and "Manage"

Chapter VII. Conclusion: Speculation about Causes and Consequences of Less Empathetic Language

Appendix A: Classical Roots and Modern Meaning of Empathy

Appendix B: Suggestions for Avoiding Nonempathetic Language

Appendix C: Brief Summaries of New England Journal of Medicine Chapters
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