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Insight: the concept, the assessment and the label

  • Julian C. Hughes (a1)
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This refreshment summarises some of the ways in which ‘insight’ has been understood in psychiatric practice and offers some critical thoughts about the notion.

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Correspondence Professor Julian C. Hughes, The RICE Centre, Building 8, Royal United Hospital, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG, UK. Email: julian.hughes@bristol.ac.uk
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Insight: the concept, the assessment and the label

  • Julian C. Hughes (a1)
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