Language, games and the role of interpreters in psychiatric diagnosis: a Wittgensteinian thought experiment

  title={Language, games and the role of interpreters in psychiatric diagnosis: a Wittgensteinian thought experiment},
  author={Philip H. E. Thomas and A. Shah and Tim Thornton},
  journal={Medical Humanities},
  pages={13 - 18}
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