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. 

Reviewing for RHM--Overview and Tips


Recently, the editing team held a "coffee chat" at the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine Symposium. For that event, co-editor Kim Hensley Owens prepared this video , which offers an overview and tips for those interested in reviewing for the journal. 

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.

Vol. 7 No. 2 (2024): Regular Issue

Published: 2024-05-15

Weathering and Social Determinants of Health as Powerful Topoi in RHM

Cathryn Molloy, Kim Hensley Owens



Introduction to 7.2

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The Concept of Stigma in American Psychiatry

A Rhetorical Analysis

Davi Johnson Thornton



This essay...

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Just Follow the (Ten) Steps

Breastfeeding Education in Baby-Friendly Hospitals

Jaclyn Wells



This study investigates infant feeding rhetoric from the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), a World Health...

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“Crafty” Rhetoric

Legal Advocates Intervene for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Mary Lay Schuster



Building on mental health rhetoric research (MHRR), I explore how legal advocates in non-profit organizations guide...

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Methodologies and Inequities

Participatory and Narrative Approaches to Research with Marginalized Communities

McKinley Green, Val Crutcher, Océane Lune, Munira Mutmainna, Raquelle Lenoir, Andrew Schuster, Gage Urvina, Calla Brown



In this commentary, we reflect on a study investigating how young people living with HIV navigated the COVID-19...

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