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ENGL1120 Memo To: Ms. Pearl Shields From: Madeline Clawges Date: 1/19/2012 Re: Comparing and contrasting a scholarly and popular article Introduction The topic of health care and how patients are treated has become a big concern in recent years. Thus, I decided on this topic because I am interested in seeing the arguments being proposed and what is being done to preserve the doctor-patient relationship. In this memo, I will divulge how various claims and counterarguments both provide strong evidence to make the argument more effective towards their respective audiences. Significance Comparing these articles helps my audience to understand how different types of articles, popular and scholarly, use different types of diction, organization and style to argue their point. For example, the scholarly article uses more medical related terms in their argument because the scholarly article is meant to be for an audience of people with knowledge in the medical field. The popular article is for the public, people with various backgrounds that may not have much knowledge in the medical field. Thus, the popular article uses more emotional diction and words the general public will understand to prove a point. The importance of this is to recognize the various ways authors try to persuade their target audience. Summary The scholarly article, “The Seventh Element of Quality: The Doctor-Patient Relationship”, is from the journal Family Medicine which was published on February 1 st , 2011. It is about a study of various types of doctors and their views on the importance of a close doctor-patient relationship. The results show that these doctors strongly believe that this relationship contributes to high-quality health care. The author is a very credible doctor that has practiced in the field of medicine for over ten years. The popular article, “Patients Are Not Consumers”, is from The New York Times and was published in 2011. This article is seen from the view of an outsider and explains the way government perceives the doctor-patient relationship as just another “commercial transaction” (Krugman 1). Although the author is a credible economist, his opinion lacks the insider evidence of what is really happening in the medical field.
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