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This book is the outgrowth of the author's actual experience in the social service department of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Thirty-seven typical cases have been selected from among hospital patients. Alongside the physician's history of each case have been placed the social data, an informal narrative of the social worker's investigation and handling of the case. Much has been written to prove the value of social service in the hospital. However, there has been a certain lack of material illustrating concretely to the social worker how the principles of relief and assistance have been applied under the various circumstances with which she has to contend in her everyday duties. In other words, this book in a large measure supplies what has been lacking, and should be extremely suggestive and helpful to the social worker in mapping out her plan of action to suit the individual case.
The Social Worker in a Hospital Ward.. JAMA. 1927;88(8):590–591. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680340062037