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February 25, 1939

Medical Information for Social Workers

JAMA. 1939;112(8):769. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800080089034

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Nine physicians from the faculty of the Western Reserve University School of Medicine have aided the author in preparing an outline of medical information for the use of social workers. The book is not expected to teach social workers how to recognize diseases, how to estimate the physical capacity of the patient to work or how to apply remedies. It is hoped merely by its use to aid the social worker in serving more efficiently as a liaison officer between doctor and patient. Since statistics seem to show that the majority of failure to secure adequate medical care seems to arise in our present times not so much from poverty as from ignorance, the social worker has a vital place in bringing the patient into contact with the available medical care. The social worker may be called on to make the decision for the patient as to when the home

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