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This is in opposition to the clinic of the signifier, which is elaborated in Lacan's psychoanalytic theorisations. Three positions can be distinguished. Firstly, 'the clinic zuith the signifier'. This is a clinic which avails itself of signifiers-such as the diagnosis-which it appends to the patient. This position breaks apart, however, and leads to the second-'the clinic of the sign'. Here, concern is upon a search for the signs of the disease, and for a semiology which lends itself to a systemic approach.
Besides the two 'centre aphasias' (motor and sensory aphasia), Wernicke also postulated the existence of 'condtrction aphasia', due to the destruction of the fibre tract between the motor and sensory speech centres. , confusion of words and uncertainty in their use' (Freud 1953: 4). It is this speech disorder which made clear to Freud that Wernicke and Lichtheim's speech apparatus was inadequate and could only be attributed a didactic value. For paraphasia-that is, 'the mistaken use of words1--does not correspond to the possible range of symptoms which can be deduced from it.
Indeed, I believe the consistency with which Verbeek strives to uphold the distinction between 'normal' and 'pathological' is significant. Verbeek sketches a portrait of a Freud who-as a neurotic-is socially uncommitted, a half-hearted therapist and unmotivated physician, who despises the whole of humanity and is interested only in people's problems and disorders (Verbeek 1973: 66). There is, thus, a lateral drift evident in Verbeek's criticism of Freud. 2 There seems no better word to describe the dislzonesty Verbeek imputes to Freud.