Description vs. interpretation--a new understanding of an old dilemma in human science research.

Caring Science, Växjö University, School of Health Science and Social Work, SE-351 95 Växjö, Sweden.
Nursing Philosophy (Impact Factor: 0.64). 11/2004; 5(3):268-73. DOI: 10.1111/j.1466-769X.2004.00180.x
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