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August 4, 1951

Social Aspects of Illness.

JAMA. 1951;146(14):1362. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670140088038

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This is a book on the social work aspects of illness prepared for use in nursing education. "Social factors" in illness are defined rather broadly, including, for example, climate and environmental factors. For the most part, the book deals with emotional, economic, familial, and community factors affecting the patient and his care. The book should be valuable in giving nurses better insight into the types of problems that a social worker tries to handle and some of the methods used. It is scarcely specific enough to enable the nurse to handle such problems alone, even to the extent that might be expected of nurses with some training in the social work aspects of illness.

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