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Oratory and Rhetoric in Renaissance Medicine.

Oratory and Rhetoric in Renaissance Medicine

N. G. Siraisi. 2004. Journal of the history of ideas 65:191-211.

Renaissance academic medicine was both a scientific or technical profession and a humanistic discipline requiring skill in oratory and epideictic rhetoric. The medical oration offers a nexus for studying "the way in which certain kinds of humanistic interest and requirements came to penetrate medical learning and of the reaction of humanistic rhetoric to medicine." These speeches covered a variety of topics, from the humanistic (e.g. the life of Galen or the praise of medicine) to the scientific or technical (e.g. "the causes of pestilence, deafness, and muteness"). They helped to establish a medical professor's credibility with his audience, particularly at the beginning of a course of lectures.

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Author:Malone, Edward A.
Publication:Technical Communication
Date:Aug 1, 2005
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