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

Theor Med. 1990 Mar;11(1):41-9. doi: 10.1007/BF00489237.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Language*
  • Medical History Taking
  • Philosophy, Medical*