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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Technical, Scientific and Professional Communication
Major Qualifying Project
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