Spragins, Elizabeth S. Books

About the author: Elizabeth Sgragins graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University. She served as a technical editor for the American Board of Pediatrics, for whom she developed national medical certifying examinations for six years. She is currently an instructor at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Metaphoric Analysis of the Debate on Physician Assisted Suicide
1999 0-7734-8041-2
This volume uses metaphoric analysis to explore the rhetorical aspects of the debate as represented in the published works of three physicians with opposing views: Dr. C. Everett Koop, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, and Dr. Timothy Quill. After examining the texts, the author invents a hybrid metaphorical concept which can serve as a rhetorical bridge for participants in the debate. Once this metaphorical means of communication is in place, the necessary exploration of ethical systems can occur. Spragins goes well into the rhetorically unexplored territory of the debate on physician assisted suicide, illustrating in every argument how metaphor figures on thinking and speaking about the human mode of perceiving and being.