In the first two parts of the book, I have argued that many accounts of analytic work miss out an essential part of the process — the implicit clinical thinking that goes on in the background. This is what I shall try to describe in the next two chapters by looking at a piece of my own work in this chapter and the work of a colleague in the next. The question I will address is this: what would a description of ordinary clinical work look like if the practitioner’s clinical thinking is foregrounded? This means focusing on what normally remains hidden or obscured: the processes of practical and theoretical reasoning, the invocation of working models, the rhythm of problem-setting and problem-solving, the composing of interventions and all the other operations carried out which “produce” the practitioner’s way of working.
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