21W.732-1 Introduction to Technical Communication: Perspectives on Medicine and Public Health

As taught in: Spring 2007

Blue and green antibiotic capsules spilling out of a cup.

Antibiotic capsules. (Image courtesy of sparky.)




Prof. Cynthia Taft

Course Description

Over the course of the semester we will explore the full range of writings by physicians and other health practitioners. Some of the writer/physicians that we encounter will be Atul Gawande, Danielle Ofri, Richard Selzer, and William Carlos Williams. Students need have no special training, only a general interest in medicine or in public health issues such as AIDS, asthma, malaria control, and obesity. The writing assignments, like the readings, will invite students to consider the distinctive needs of different audiences.