Università di Bergamo > Cerlis > English Version > CERLIS Series

Maurizio Gotti, Stefania M. Maci & Michele Sala (eds)

The Language of Medicine: Science, Practice and Academia


(ISSN 2532-2559 - ISBN 978-88-89804-28-5)



The discipline of medicine, as varied as it is, ranging from medical research activities to medicine-related practices, has a markedly practical and utilitarian purpose − i.e. the containment, neutralization and control of illnesses, diseases and deviant behaviours − and is primarily based on objective evidence − the observation of case studies, their interpretation, the abstraction of educated or experimentally established hypotheses or generalization as to the origins and solution of health-related problems − thus tending towards the hard end of the epistemological spectrum since new knowledge is commonly derived from what is already known.

More than other forms of specialized discourse, medical communication is constituted by a variety of heterogeneous and diversified discoursal realizations whose main differences are due, on the one hand, to the different emphasis attributed to epistemological factors underlying the discipline, which affects the ways domain-specific notions, activities and roles are conceptualized and rhetorically expressed, and, on the other, to the effect or type of response discipline-related contents are meant to elicit within specific contexts (i.e. research contexts, pedagogical contexts, medication contexts, healthcare information contexts, etc.). This volume analyses relevant aspects of medical communication in such different settings.







Michele Sala / Stefania Maci / Maurizio Gotti





Focus on medical discourse


Anna Loiacono

The Language of Fear: Pandemics and their Cultural Impact


Paola Baseotto

Ideological Uses of Medical Discourses in Early Modern English Plague Writings


Paula De Santiago González

Formation Patterns of Denominative Variants in Biomedicine


Silvia Cavalieri

Popularizing Medical Discourse: the Role of Captions


Lucia Abbamonte / Flavia Cavaliere

Testing Pragmatic Language Disorders: A Culturally-sensitive Assessment




Focus on medical communication



William Bromwich

The Gift Relationship: Cultural Variation in Blood Donor Discourse


Marella Magris / Dolores Ross

Gender Dysphoria: How do Specialized Centers Communicate to Potential Patients?


Marianna Lya Zummo

Credibility and Responsibility in User-generated Health Posts:

Towards a Co-construction of Quality Knowledge?


Ashley Bennink

Dialect Variation and its Consequences on In-Clinic Communication


Michela Giordano

The Old Bailey Proceedings: Medical Discourse in Criminal Cases


Kim Grego / Alessandra Vicentini

English and Multilingual Communication in Lombardy’s Public Healthcare Websites


Notes on Contributors