One of the most potent agencies for the advancement of the work in eye clinics, and for the furtherance of the movement to prevent loss of vision and to control blindness, is almost unrecognized by ophthalmologists throughout the country. For that reason I venture to bring to your attention at this meeting the value of medical social service. A few of you know about it and its possibilities, many of you have heard of it and have a vague idea of its implications. That it should be appreciated, more generally known and more widely adopted is the reason I have asked for the opportunity to present this question before the Section on Ophthalmology.
Medical social service as applied to eye work was, I believe, first started at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1909, four years after the idea was originated by Richard Cabot and put into medical practice
DERBY GS. THE NEED OF MEDICAL SOCIAL SERVICE IN EYE CLINICS. JAMA. 1932;98(5):394–396. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730310034007
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