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Book: Language, Interaction and Frontotemporal Dementia

Chapter: The Interactive Organization of “Insight”: Clinical Interviews with Frontotemporal Dementia Patients

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.22115


This chapter considers how clinicians attempt to locate insight (or its loss) through question design during medical interactions and how patients do or do not demonstrate insight through their responses. Through a detailed analysis of one doctor-patient interaction, which highlights the complex interactional manifestations of insight, this chapter will consider the fact that the current clinical definition for “early loss of insight” may be an insufficient diagnostic criterion.

Chapter Contributors

  • Netta Avineri ( - avineri) 'UCLA'