For this doctor, practicing rhetoric is a key part of practicing medicine. The communicative bond between doctor and patient, however, is being influenced by other, powerfully persuasive forces.

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John Vaughn is a physician at The Ohio State University Student Health Services and Clinical Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. His writing on the doctor-patient relationship has appeared in The Los Angeles Times and Medical Economics. He is currently developing a course in narrative and medicine with The Ohio State University Department of English.



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