Rhetoric Reclaimed by Janet M. Atwill
FROM THE FOREWORD BY WAYNE A. REBHORN |
"Janet M. Atwill's Rhetoric Reclaimed: Artistotle and the Liberal
is an important study of ancient rhetoric which has significant
implications for our contemporary understanding of the discipline
and for its crucial role in education. Its particular aim is to
reexamine what Aristotle called productive knowledge, a category
that includes rhetoric as well as such arts as medicine and
navigation, and that is distinguished from theoretical and
practical knowledge, both of which assume the existence of a fixed self,
a stable worldview, and a determined set of values.
By contrast, productive knowledge is situational and relational;
representing the realm of human intention and intervention,
it is a power rather than a body of principles or information,
and it creates new subjectivities and produce new possibilities
and new lines of power.
Atwill shows conclusively that medicine and navigation were
designated technai that is, human interventions
in unstable situations designed to exploit the indeterminacies
involved, and that the techne of the sophists, namely
rhetoric, should be understood as deriving from this
Health and the Rhetoric of Medicine (2005)
"Health and the Rhetoric of Medicine
explores persistent health conditions that resist
conventional medical solutions. Using a range of
rhetorical principles, Segal analyzes how patients
and their illnesses are formed within the
In a cycle of influence, patients convince
physicians they are ill, and physicians
encourage patients to adhere to treatments.
The intractable problem of a patient's rejection of a doctor's advice ..."
How Doctors Think (2007)
REVIEW BY MICHAEL CRICHTON - NEW YORK TIMES 1/APR/2007
"This elegant, tough-minded book recounts stories about
how doctors and patients interact
with one other. In the hands of Jerome
Groopman, professor of medicine at Harvard and
a staff writer for The New Yorker, these clinical
episodes make absorbing reading and are often deeply affecting.
At the same time, the author is commenting on
some of the most profound problems
facing modern medicine."
The Anti-Depressant Era by David Healy (1997)
"Antidepressants were introduced along with the first antibiotics,
the first antihypertensives, and a range of other drugs in a
therapeutic revolution that took place in the years just after
World War II. For the first time, an armanmentarium of
specific treatments for specific diseases became
available, an arsenal of magic bullets, as they were called.
This development inaugurated a revolution that has brought
health to the center of Western politics and culture.
It may make health the primary focus for global politics
in the twenty-first century ..."