Bariatrics Discourse Community

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Ashley Pirone

English Writing 3306

Professor Victoria Papa

September 25, 2015

Unit 1


Bariatrics as a Discourse Community

“Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that focuses on the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity” (“Medical Dictionary,” 2015). Bariatric surgery is a specific discourse community connecting individuals through mutual interests, shared knowledge, and expertise of treating obese populations. The field of bariatric surgery is a discourse community with several purposes. It encourages innovative surgical and nonsurgical solutions in obesity care. It formulates hypotheses and develops and conducts experimental designs to test the hypotheses’ reliability and validity. Furthermore, it aims to stimulate discussion about its findings. Scientists, researchers, medical professionals, and other experts in the field of bariatric surgery submit their findings and must go through professional gatekeeping measures like peer-review before their work can be published. Once their findings are published, they can be accessed in peer-reviewed journals, magazines, articles, and scientific databases. One example of a publication in the field of Bariatrics is, The Journal of Obesity and Bariatrics, which is an online international journal, published by the Avens Publishing Group, or APG for short. This journal was published on August. 9 2013, and is composed of many scientific and scholarly research articles about obesity treatment. The Avens

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