Theoretical Medicine

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 41–49 | Cite as

Some aspects of medical hermeneutics: The role of dialectic and narrative

  • James D. Lock


This essay constructs an argument for a dialectic between the scientific and clinical aspects of medicine using the hermeneutical approach of Paul Ricoeur as a theoretical and philosophical guide. Additionally, the relationship between this dialectic and narrative case histories is examined as a way of expressing this abstract and theoretical concept in more concrete terms.

Key words

dialectics hermeneutics language and medicine medicine and philosophy narrative 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • James D. Lock
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  1. 1.Resident of PsychiatryUniversity of California, Los Angeles, Neuropsychiatric InstituteLos AngelesUSA

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