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By Alan G. Gross, Joseph E. Harmon, Michael S. Reidy

This booklet describes the advance of the medical article from its modest beginnings to the worldwide phenomenon that it has turn into at the present time. Their research of a giant pattern of texts in French, English, and German specializes in the alterations within the sort, association, and argumentative constitution of medical conversation over the years. in addition they speculate at the destiny forex of the medical article, because it enters the period of the area extensive internet. This ebook is an exceptional source textual content within the rhetoric of technological know-how, and should stand because the definitive research at the topic.

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P. 381) This is also a prose constructed largely of simple noun phrases. ” And the noun phrases in other positions never exceed the complexity of ordinary prose or speech. Also note that the passage is impressionistic (“a fair and large Birch,” “very softly,” “not unpleasant to the Taste, and not thick or troubled”); contains few quantitative expressions (“about eight in the Morning,” “after a Moment or two,” “Some three Hours,” “a Pint Glass,” “every Pulse a Drop”); and concludes with a wellturned metaphor (“as though some few drops of Milk .

A. is Lister’s untranslated code for Vide [see] Catalogus Plantarum Angliae of John Ray. Clearly, both editor and author imagine an audience of other natural philosophers with similar interests and libraries. In line with this rather casual approach to the transmission of information, the summary that concludes Lister’s article is not very informative, recapitulating only the themes, not the content of Lister’s observations. This focus on facts over argument is evident in Lister’s introduction and conclusion.

At first glance this passage has a decidedly modern ring to it: no first-person pronouns, one name, two dummy subjects, one objective 7. For a discussion of such norms, see Bazerman (1988), Atkinson (1999), Halliday (1993a), and Quirk and Greenbaum (1972). Style and Presentation in the 17th Century 37 passive, no poetic metaphors, and no statements extraneous to the technical point being discussed. The absence of suppressed-person passive verbs is the result of a general characteristic of the French language that differs from English.

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