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May 2, 1931

Social Work Year Book, 1929.

JAMA. 1931;96(18):1535. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720440083049

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Social work has become a distinctive profession. This volume, prepared by the Russell Sage Foundation, provides a roster of 452 national agencies and a series of articles with bibliographies concerning various aspects of social work. If there is any single criticism to be made of the book, it would be the fact that the material is presented not sociologically but in many instances with a bias, which is bound to result from the special pleading of the authors of the articles. Thus the selection of authors on subjects related to child welfare has been such that the reader gains no adequate comprehension of the fact that there may be several points of view possible concerning such activities. The article on health education is hopelessly incomplete. The article on drug addiction is a competent presentation. The roster of national agencies contains the names of several organizations that are essentially commercial, without

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