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Clinical Stories and Their Translations

Howard F. Stein and Maurice Apprey


BUY Cloth · 241 pp. · 6 × 9 · ISBN 9780813912417 · $40.00 · Mar 1990

Clinical Stories and Their Translations proposes, and richly illustrates via numerous case examples, the utility of a depth psychology- informed ethnographic method of clinical thinking, teaching, supervision, and practice. Patient care, indeed all clinical treatment and counseling, involves the constant interplay between stories- those of the clinician, the patient, the patient's family, the clinical institution, and the wider culture. Stein and Apprey explore how the construction, interpretation, and translation of clinical stories inform all therapeutic work.

Clinical Stories examines the topography of meanings, fantasies, and affects (emotions) that organize and direct the course of clinical relationships, diagnosis, treatment, and outcome. Although placed solidly in the tradition of clinical hermeneutics, this study adds the crucial psychodynamic dimension that helps us to understand both the practitioner's resistance and access to the stories of his or her patients and families and hence to the healing process itself.

About the Author: 

Howard F. Stein, a psychoanalytic anthropologist, is a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City. Maurice Apprey is Director os the Division of Psychoanalytic Studies, and Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. They have coauthored Context and Dynamics in Clinical Knowledge and From Metaphor to Meaning: Papers in Psychoanalytic Anthropology.

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