Faculty Advisor

Trimbur, John

Abstract

The goal of this project was to research the history of medical rhetoric in American society to develop a basis for American reactions towards the potential Avian Influenza epidemic as represented in the media. This study focused on ideas surrounding "framing disease" and developed four factors within this framing: medical authority, public health authority, uncertainty, and blaming. Cholera, typhoid, the 1918 influenza, and AIDS were all researched in order to develop a discussion of American perceptions of Avian Influenza.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2007

Major

Technical, Scientific and Professional Communication

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

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