One uses rhetoric for many purposes, say the Baumlins: "to express, to create, to praise, to blame, to analyze, to explore, to doubt, to destroy, to curse ... to cure and heal" (259). As the last of these purposes-"to cure and heal"-has long been ignored within our profession, it may well be time to explore the therapeutic potential of the reflective prose that we ask students to write in more traditional classroom settings. But, whether the move to link rhetoric with healing happens within the walls of the academy or in less structured settings as part of composition's extracurriculum, the critical issue is that it happen.
Rinaldi, Jacqueline. "Rhetoric and Healing: Revising Narratives About Disability." College English 58.7 (1996): 820-834. doi: 10.2307/378416