Expanding the Universe of Discourse: The Cervical Cancer Vaccine

Kodish, Slavica
March 2011
Florida Communication Journal;Spring2011, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p29
Academic Journal
A recent study published in the prestigious medical journal Lancet attests to the effectiveness of the cervical cancer vaccine. Side effects of the vaccine are minimal, and the benefits highly promising, write the authors of the study. is the cervical cancer vaccine truly a wonderful medical breakthrough? Can inoculated women rely on the vaccine to protect them against developing cervical cancer? The answers ,nay not be encouraging as can be concluded from the study. in this paper, the author applies Nelson's (1995, 1996, 2001) concept of a counterstory to present a more complete account of the cervical cancer vaccine and, consequently, expand the universe of discourse.


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