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The social cognition of medical knowledge: with special reference to childhood epilepsy

MacDonald, MN; Badger, R; O'Regan, J; (2009) The social cognition of medical knowledge: with special reference to childhood epilepsy. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies , 6 (3) pp. 176-204. 10.1080/15427580903118671. Green open access

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Abstract

This article arose out of an engagement in medical communication courses at a Gulf university. It deploys a theoretical framework derived from a (critical) sociocognitive approach to discourse analysis in order to investigate three aspects of medical discourse relating to childhood epilepsy: the cognitive processes that are entailed in relating different types of medical knowledge to their communicative context; the types of medical knowledge that are constituted in the three different text types analyzed; and the relationship between these different types of medical knowledge and the discursive features of each text type. The article argues that there is a cognitive dimension to the human experience of understanding and talking about one specialized from of medical knowledge. It recommends that texts be studied in medical communication courses not just in terms of their discrete formal features but also critically in terms of the knowledge they produce, transmit, and reproduce.

Type: Article
Title: The social cognition of medical knowledge: with special reference to childhood epilepsy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/15427580903118671
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15427580903118671
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Inquiry in Language Studies on 11 September 2009, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15427580903118671.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474356
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