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ERIC Number: ED099949
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Pages: 143
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Reference Count: 0
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The Rhetoric of Physicians: A Field Study of Communication with Colleagues and Patients.
Thrash, Artie Yvonne Adams
This study was undertaken to provide a descriptive analysis of the rhetoric of physicians (1) as they communicate with their colleagues, and (2) as they communicate with their patients. To accomplish the first objective, the oral presentations made during weekly conferences by the surgeons at a major hospital were observed for ten months. The rhetorical training, experience, speech philosophy, and preparation of each physician was considered as well as the occasion of the speech and an analysis of the audience. Each speech was evaluated according to its invention, structure, style, and delivery. The second objective of the study was reached by means of observations, interviews, and questionnaires. It was concluded that patients are willing to accept a surgeon's title as sufficient credentials to obey his directives without question. By the same reasoning, the surgeons themselves often seem to expect their colleagues to accept their judgment without asking for documentation. Most doctors will not disclose all possible information to the terminally ill or those scheduled for operations. The patients, however, report a desire for all details but, rather than asking questions, seem willing to wait for the surgeon to volunteer information. (Author/TS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Louisiana State University