Good Intestinal Worms
In his article, “Good Intestinal Worms,” Dr. William Parker debates that using intestinal worms for medical advances should be accepted by the FDA. He constructively persuades his readers with the use of pathos, ethos, and logos throughout his writing continuously.
Dr. Parker repeatedly connects with the readers by incorporating pathos for an emotional appeal. This allowed him to write an informational paper and connect with readers on all levels. As an emotional appeal, Parker uses a little humor in his paper to help repel the sickening thought of worms being inside of our bodies. “The thought of them sneaking inside our bodies and eating us from the inside is pretty unpleasant,” Dr. William Parker says. He also uses colloquial language to form relationships with the readers to help present the benefit of these worms. An example used in this particular article is when Parker uses the statement “the ick factor”, Dr. William Parker uses this to allow the reader to not immediately disagree with approving the worms. Using this persuasive technique, the readers are touched on emotional levels that aren’t always necessarily presented.
Another persuasive technique Parker uses is logos. Dr. Parker argues on a logical level that the worms should be accepted by the FDA for medical purposes because they have already approved leeches and maggots. So why not approve the worms? He also uses logos when he talks about his labs and studies. This shows the readers real evidence and reasoning to help pursue their decisions. An example of him doing this is when he talks about a research trial in India; Dr. William Parker explains in writing that having the worms doesn’t always mean that they are harming their hosts. In the India trial, they trialed over two million children living in India, where helminths (worms) are known to naturally be in humans, with a treatment drug that effectively dewormed them. After studying the children, their research shows that deworming the children actually made their conditions worse, meaning that the helminths did no harm and ridding of them did not improve their health.
In addition to pathos and logos, Parker also uses ethos to persuade his readers about these worms. He uses ethos to show the readers that he has authority and knowledge on the subject. He does this by mentioning some of his fellow colleagues and his university in his article to gain a more knowledgeable appeal. “For example, my lab, working with a Duke University colleague, Staci Bilbo, recently showed that the presence of helminths in pregnant rats protects the brains of the rat pups from inflammation.” Another way he used ethos in his paper, is when he uses his title as a doctor, to show to the readers that he has credibility in these medical advances.
Overall, Dr. William Parker uses these immense persuasive techniques to emotionally and sensibly connect with his readers. Off the bat, he grabs his readers attention, and pulls them in his writing and delivers a phenomenal article.