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January 15, 1938

An Introduction to the Social Studies: An Elementary Textbook for Professional and Preparatory Groups

JAMA. 1938;110(3):234. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790030068037

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The evolution from groups to communities, from family to institutions and from primitive society to modern cities is briefly sketched. "In one sense, we can say that the whole history of the race is a history of invention and discovery." Invention is the disturbing element in social organization and compels continuous changes in social institutions. The lag between the practical application of inventions and the adjustment of social institutions to the necessary changes creates "social problems." This work, which is clearly intended for a textbook in secondary schools, postulates a great number of problems and seeks to encourage the student to work out his own solutions. The only exception is in the chapter on our social professions, where, perhaps, the author is least capable of giving dogmatic solutions and where alone he does occasionally seem to assume that the problem of medical service leads to a conclusion that "we do

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