So varied are the ways and means by which the social service department may be of assistance to the dispensary physician that the title of this paper might just as well have read "The Values of the Social Service Department to the Children's Dispensary." Advice and directions, although carefully explained to the person who accompanies the young patient to the dispensary, are frequently received with scant attention and sometimes partially or even totally forgotten by the time the child has reached home. Even detailed directions, minutely written out, may never come into the hands of the child's parents. And finally, even if the note does reach the parents, the physician's advice and directions may nevertheless remain unheeded.
It was primarily with the object of having our directions correctly carried out that the social service department two years ago began to work with the children's dispensary. It was soon found, however,
OSTHEIMER M. THE VALUE OF THE SOCIAL SERVICE DEPARTMENT TO THE CHILDREN'S DISPENSARY. JAMA. 1912;LIX(22):1944-1946. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110358004