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March 28, 1936

Medical Social Work: A Study of Current Aims and Methods in Medical Social Case Work

JAMA. 1936;106(13):1119. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770130069035

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Abstract

This study of current aims and methods in medical and social case work is a report of the Committee on Functions of the American Association of Medical Social Workers in which there is a discussion of medical social work in relation to social case work and clinical medicine, and the rôle of the medical social worker in study and treatment.

Through the report there appears to be a friendly and understanding attitude toward the medical profession. Such statements as "since coordination is essential, it is important to emphasize the point that the physician always remains the leader of the team" seems to indicate an attitude of helpful assistance rather than of independent domination.

It is recognized that the problems with which the medical social workers are concerned grow out of illnesses and are only partially related to economic needs. The medical social worker endeavors to individualize in the study of

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