In search of the good: narrative reasoning in clinical practice.

@article{Mattingly1998InSO,
  title={In search of the good: narrative reasoning in clinical practice.},
  author={C Richard Mattingly},
  journal={Medical anthropology quarterly},
  year={1998},
  volume={12 3},
  pages={273-97}
}
Based on ethnographic work among North American occupational therapists, I compare two forms of everyday clinical talk. One, "chart talk," conforms to normative conceptions of clinical rationality. The second, storytelling, permeates clinical discussions but has no formal status as a vehicle for clinical reasoning. I argue that both modes of discourse provide avenues for reasoning about clinical problems. However, these discourses construct very different clinical objects and different… CONTINUE READING