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The Rhetoric of Childbirth: The Trial of a California Midwife

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Should pregnancy be defined as a medical condition as obstetricians would claim, or is childbirth a natural, normal event rarely requiring medical intervention, as midwives would have it? The testimonies of health care professionals who appeared as witnesses in the case of The People of the State of California v. Abigail Odam were analyzed using Kenneth Burke's dramatistic pentad in order to demonstrate the significant professional demarcation revealed by the discourse, clinical approach, and philosophical worldviews held by adherents of the medical model of birth and traditional midwifery. Trial testimonies such as these make it possible to see how physicians and midwives describe physiological processes in markedly different ways--the result of differences in perspective arising from very different terministic screens. This dissertation was accepted by the University of Memphis for a Ph.D. in Rhetoric in 2001.
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Edition
First Edition
Published
March 19, 2013
Language
English
Pages
520
File Format
PDF
File Size
2.11 MB

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