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Rhetoric Reclaimed by Janet M. Atwill
"Janet M. Atwill's Rhetoric Reclaimed: Artistotle and the Liberal Arts Tradition 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 conceptual context."

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 physician/patient relationship. 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)

"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 ..."