Medical history - On rhetorics and medicine

Avi Ohry*, Yehoshua Gitay

*Corresponding author for this work

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The beginning of Rhetorics can be found in ancient Greece (Corax, Gorgias, Aristo). The science of the proper use of language in order to explain or convince, was very popular until the 17th century. Rhetorics had influenced all levels of intellectual European life, including medical teaching and practice (Cabanis). Currently, rhetorics have become popular again in: the media, politics, academic and social life and medicine. Medical and allied health professions students, should learn how to speak correctly, how to implement ethical and behavioral essentials (Osler, Asher).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-366
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2008


  • History & philosophy of medicine
  • Medical education
  • Rhetorics


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