Language on Health and Disease

Monday, 11 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Hörsaal 18 (Juridicum)
RC25 Language and Society (host committee)
RC15 Sociology of Health

Language: English

Generally speaking, the diagnosis of diseases depends on the accuracy of the patient’s medical history and the physician’s ability to evaluate this information. This process may seem very common to most people in the modern medical system. However, a single diagnosis could have the potential to change your entire life. 
You may, in a certain case, first realize the nature of your condition through a doctor’s diagnosis. There you recognize your body (including the brain) as an object that requires proper care and treatment. 
On the other hand, you yourself may notice certain symptoms of a disease before getting a proper medical diagnosis. You may have the ability to feel the changes occurring in your body to explain the causes of the deterioration of your health, without any hard-based data such as level of blood pressure. There you recognize your body subjectively, rather than objectively. In this sense, we usually become aware of our health conditions through either of the two ways raised above. These two methods of determining the state of our health are known as Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) and Narrative-Based Medicine (NBM). 
This session aims to shed light on how we manage ourselves in our choice of words according to circumstances, in everyday life, at the clinic or in a hospital room. Language is an essential tool for communicating the state of our health to medical experts. Any paper addressing the relationships between language and health are welcome.
Session Organizers:
Keiji FUJIYOSHI, Otemon Gakuin University, Japan and Miwako HOSODA, Seisa University, Japan
Mind the Cancer Screening Gap Between the Medical and Laypersons' Languages
Lea HAGOEL, Department of Community Medicine and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Israel; Paula FEDER-BUBIS, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
The Language of Illness and the Evidence-Based Wor(l)d: A Possible Integration
Micol BRONZINI, Department of Economics and Social Science, Italy
Creating “Idiom of Distress” Collaboratively: An Analysis of Practices of Self-Directed Research By People with Mental Illness
Shigeru URANO, Mie Prefectural College of Nursing, Japan; Yoshifumi MIZUKAWA, Hokusei Gakuen University, Japan; Kazuo NAKAMURA, Aomori University, Japan