The instrument metaphor, hyponarrativity, and the generic clinician

John Z. Sadler

in Philosophical Perspectives on Technology and Psychiatry

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Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780199207428
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754494 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

The instrument metaphor, hyponarrativity, and the generic clinician

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In this chapter, John Sadler argues that instrumentalist thinking has thoroughly invaded psychiatric practice and thereby transformed the field. He describes several ‘cultural artifacts’ such as diagnostic and treatment manuals to exemplify the ‘instrument metaphor’ that now defines psychiatric practice. The consequence of this trend in psychiatric practice is the ‘generic clinician’ who applies the same techniques as any other clinician and is readily interchangeable with other generic clinicians.

Chapter.  4147 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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