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November 15, 1941

Social Case Records from Psychiatric Clinics with Discussion Notes

JAMA. 1941;117(20):1748. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820460086030

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Primarily for students of psychiatric social work, this book is made up of an introduction and chapters comprising a discussion of 12 extensive cases which were studied and treated by the psychiatric social worker. Two are studies of young women who had adjustment problems; the others cover various types of problems found in children from the very young to the adolescent. Most of the work in these cases has been done by the social worker herself, apparently with the cooperation of a psychologist and psychiatrist. Each case is made up of an extensive social history which covers all phases and has been elicited from a relative or other informant. Little diagnostic material is incorporated in the history, although each case is compiled in a rather dramatic way to demonstrate the historical material as the social worker elicits it and leaves the trained and observant reader with a definite conclusion. In

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