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.

Vol. 4 No. 1 (2021)

Published: 2021-07-15

Ruminations on the Long Haul

Harnessing RHM's Hybridity

Cathryn Molloy, J. Blake Scott; Lisa Melonçon

Introduction to Volume 4, Number 1 

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Invitational Rhetoric in Epistemic Practice

Invitational Knowledge in Infertility Support Groups

Caitlyn M. Jarvis

Over the last several decades there have been rapid advancements in treatment options available for infertility. Consequently, infertility has...

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Balancing the Halo

Data Surveillance Disclosure and Algorithmic Opacity in Smart Hearing Aids

Krista Kennedy, Noah Wilson, Charlotte Tschider

Medical device manufacturers and other high-technology companies increasingly incorporate algorithmic data surveillance in next-generation...

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RHM, Interdisciplinarity, and an International Public Health Conference

A Dialogue among Stakeholders

Candice A. Welhausen

Building connections with professionals in subject matter disciplines—practitioners and/or academics—is a growing area of interest for many...

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Multiple Voices, Messy Truths

Rhetoricians on Ethos, Authors, and Authority

Celeste Condit, Lisa DeTora

The following commentary follows on and flows out of an initial response to reading “Multiple Voices on Authorship and Authority in Biomedical...

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A Review of Women's Health Advocacy: Rhetorical Ingenuity for the 21st Century

Elena Kalodner-Martin

Review of: White-Farnham, J., Siegel Finer, B., & Molloy, C. (Eds.) (2020). Women's health advocacy: Rhetorical ingeniuty for the 21st...

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