FEATUREMeaning Holism in Caring PracticeNordby, Halvor DPhil Author Information Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University College of Lillehammer, Norway and Department of Health Management and Health Economics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway. Corresponding Author: Halvor Nordby, DPhil, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University College of Lillehammer, PO Box 952, N-2604 Lillehammer, Norway ([email protected]). Holistic Nursing Practice: March 2008 - Volume 22 - Issue 2 - p 87-96 doi: 10.1097/01.HNP.0000312657.75771.0a Buy Metrics Abstract Drawing on Ludwig Wittgenstein's influential theory of concept possession, the article argues that assumptions about meaning in patients' linguistic communities normally play an important role in nurse-patient communication. Case studies are used to clarify the significance of the sociocultural dimension of understanding in caring practice. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.