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August 8, 1953

Patients Are People: A Medical-Social Approach to Prolonged Illness.

JAMA. 1953;152(15):1492. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690150096036

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Many years experience as a social service worker in a large chronic disease hospital (Montefiore Hospital, New York) form the background of this author. She has found that the problems of chronic illness are complex from all points of view, medically, socially, and psychologically. Montefiore Hospital for many years has acted as a sort of a laboratory in trying out new methods of caring for the patient with a long illness. For instance, the home care now carried on in many cities was initiated at Montefiore Hospital in 1947. How to handle the rapidly increasing number of chronically ill and aging patients as a family or community problem still defies adequate solution; therefore, many methods must be tried out on a pilot scale for the next several years. It would be a mistake, as the author points out, to set up a rigid over-all scheme on a national level at

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