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June 5, 1937

The Social Workers' Dictionary

JAMA. 1937;108(23):1997. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780230057035

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This pamphlet indicates the manner in which the field of social service has gradually developed not only a new profession but also a new language for that profession. The social service worker must obviously be acquainted not only with the language of medicine and of the hospital but also with the terms used by patients in discussing their illnesses, their manner of living and their ability to pay. The authors of this book have carefully compiled most of the difficult terms that are likely to arise in such discussions and their definitions are exceedingly apt. The book is hardly one that will be useful for the physician but no doubt the rapid growth of social service, including the incorporation into the midst of this profession of some 200,000 amateurs, indicates the need for such a book.

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