Margret Edson's Wit

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"The Patient as Text: Literary Scholarship and Medical Practice in Margret Edson's Wit," by Ann Henley, is a critical essay claiming teachers of literature and medical professionals should asses their efficacy in conveying to students and patients the "simple human truths" that dignify life and death. Henley how both professions use language as inhibitors to avoid meaningful personal communication and to treat their subject of research as nothing more than an object. Henley describes how words are the tools of power, not only for literary scholars but for the medical professionals as well. Kelekian also uses a ton of medical terminology, not to inform Vivian, but to "obfuscate". Which reminds Vivian of how she too uses the language as a teacher
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