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Introduction: The Talk of the Clinic Ronald J. Chenail and G. H. Morris

This book is a collection of original chapters about how speech is used in therapy and medicine. The contributors closely examine how practitioners in such positions as physician, therapist, telephone hot line operator, clinical supervisor, and medical preceptor "fix the world with their voices" (Weick & Browning, 1991). Their focus is on how practitioners' talk with clients, patients, co-workers, and trainees addresses and works through recurrent clinical problems.