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Volume 23, Issue 1 - Software for Medical Writers

Origin and development of English for Medical Purposes. Part I: Research on written medical discourse

Abstract

In this two-part review, I present the birth and growth of ‘English for Medical Purposes’, a branch of applied linguistics. This first part summarises the research conducted on English-medium written medical discourse, from early register analysis in the mid-1980s that had a clear pedagogical aim (i.e. teaching reading English-language medical discourse to non-Anglophone medical students and health professionals) to more sophisticated genre and rhetorical studies later on.

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