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November 22, 1941

THE STUDENT SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical AssociationDevoted to the Educational Interests and Welfare of Medical Students, Interns and Residents in Hospitals

JAMA. 1941;117(21):1817-1830. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820470065035

TRAINING OF INTERNS IN THE SOCIAL ASPECTS OF ILLNESS  ETHEL COHEN, M.S. Director of Social Service Department, Beth Israel Hospital; Assistant in Medicine, Tufts College Medical School. AND HARRY A. DEROW, M.D. Associate Visiting Physician, Beth Israel Hospital; Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School. BOSTONSince 1929 a plan for the training of interns1 in the social aspects of medicine has been carried on at the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston.2 The purpose of this paper is to present an evaluation of this plan following ten years' experience.The plan has aimed to develop an appreciation that (1) the practice of medicine is not merely the treatment of sickness but the care of sick persons, (2) the everyday circumstances of life play an important role in creating illness, (3) illness with its accompanying problems often disrupts normal existence and (4) consideration of social factors is consequently an inseparable part of the process of diagnosis and treatment. The objectives of the plan have been met by requiring the senior intern to:

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