Hearing voices: A phenomenological-hermeneutic approach

  title={Hearing voices: A phenomenological-hermeneutic approach},
  author={Philip Thomas and Patrick Bracken and Ivan Leudar},
  journal={Cognitive Neuropsychiatry},
  pages={13 - 23}
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