This journal publishes studies of health and medicine that take a rhetorical perspective. Such studies combine rhetorical analysis with any number of other methodologies, including critical/cultural analysis, ethnography, qualitative analysis, and quantitative analysis. Rhetoric of Health & Medicine seeks to bring together humanities and social scientific research traditions in a rhetorically focused journal to allow scholars to build new interdisciplinary theories, methodologies, and insights that can impact our understanding of health, illness, healing, and wellness. 

Request for Proposals: Co-Editor of Rhetoric of Health & Medicine


The co-editors and editorial board of the journal Rhetoric of Health & Medicine (RHM) are soliciting proposals for a co-editor with a five-year commitment. The appointed editor should be available to work with the current co-editors starting in the summer of 2021. They will be supported by a team of assistant editors and editorial assistants.

Response to Racial Injustice


The co-editors of RHM want to empahsize the journal's commitment in cultivating, sponsoring, publishing, and promoting scholarship that addresses racism and interlocking systems of oppression as public health (and/or other health or medical) issues. We welcome queries or submissions around these important issues.

RHM Wins National Award


The Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (RHM) has been presented the “Best New Journal” award by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Awarded at MLA on January 10th, 2020, RHM is the first writing or rhetoric journal to be given this award in the last ten years.

Vol. 3 No. 4 (2020)

Published: 2021-02-10

Continuing our Speculative Study in the Present

Critique as Provocation

J. Blake Scott; Lisa Melonçon; Cathryn Molloy



When we began drafting this issue introduction, extending from a previous introduction in which we committed “to do more and better in...

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Distributed Feminist Rhetorical Agency after a Rape Accusation

Kim Hensley Owens



This article examines the rhetorical effects of a rape accusation on the survivor and on the survivor’s community of social justice activists....

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Multiple Voices on Authorship and Authority in Biomedical Publications

Lisa M. DeTora, Sabina Alam, Leslie Citrome, J. Britt Holbrook, Catherine Skobe, Tanya Stezhka, Dikran Toroser



The intersection of industry sponsorship, government regulation, academic interests, and medical journals is a core interest in biomedical...

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Ethics in Praxis

Situational, Embodied, Relational

Lisa Melonçon; Cathryn Molloy, J. Blake Scott



As the introduction to this issue makes clear, the ethical exposure essays we include here are the start of an ongoing initiative in the...

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Negotiating the Ethics of Representation in RHM Research

Melissa Carrion



Drawing from my experience conducting an interview-based study on vaccine hesitancy, this essay explores the ethical negotiations RHM...

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Conflicting Obligations

Considering the Downstream Effects of Human Subjects Research Protections

Amy R. Reed



This article considers the problem of conflicting researcher obligations in RHM, particularly when professional medical rhetoric is analyzed...

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An Ethics-of-Care Paradigm in Opposition Research

The Tensions of Studying a Pro-Life Organization

Sommer Marie Sterud



This paper explores how I navigated the complicated terrain of opposition research during the dissertation phase of my doctoral program. Drawing...

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Pivoting Toward Rhetorical Ethics by Sharing and Using Existing Data and Creating an RHM Databank

An Ethical Research Practice for the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine

Kristin Marie Bivens, Candice A. Welhausen



We argue that by using existing data and sharing research in a databank, RHM scholars can practice a research habit that conserves and optimizes...

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