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May 4, 1940

The Participation of Medical Social Workers in the Teaching of Medical Students

JAMA. 1940;114(18):1831. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810180107030

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Abstract

This small volume is intended as an evaluation of efforts that have been made by a number of medical schools to give their students a better appreciation of the social problems of medical practice by having medical social workers participate in teaching. The report was prepared by the author for the Education Committee of the American Association of Medical Social Workers and is largely based on a study of projects which have been in operation in eleven medical schools. The purpose of the book, as stated by Ida M. Cannon in the introduction, is not merely to summarize experiences but "to disclose the principles that should guide medical social workers in undertaking their responsibilities." This object is well fulfilled, although there is, perhaps, too much emphasis on the ancillary character of the social worker and the humility with which she should deport herself in this new educational role. The impression

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