Diagnosis and Metaphor

  title={Diagnosis and Metaphor},
  author={Michael Hanne},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  pages={35 - 52}
  • M. Hanne
  • Published 8 December 2015
  • Psychology
  • Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Human beings rely on metaphor as a primary cognitive device for interpreting the world around them. Metaphors figure especially strongly in discourse around health, illness, and medicine. It is not just that patients use metaphors to describe their personal experience of being unwell, or that medical professionals employ metaphor to convey a diagnosis, describe a treatment, or explain the function of an organ to their patients. Metaphor, it is argued, lies at the heart of the process of… 
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