The paradoxical use of interpreting in psychiatry.

@article{Drennan2002ThePU,
  title={The paradoxical use of interpreting in psychiatry.},
  author={Gerard Drennan and Leslie Swartz},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2002},
  volume={54 12},
  pages={
          1853-66
        }
}
Changes in the official status of African languages in South Africa suggested an examination of the impact of multi-lingualism on the practice of institutional psychiatry. For a range of theoretical and institutional reasons, a 'language gap' between clinician and patient can be rendered irrelevant in terms of the routine production of psychiatric texts in which 'symptoms' are described and 'cases' are constructed. In contrast to the way in which the role of interpreting is obscured in some… CONTINUE READING
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