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March 11, 1950


JAMA. 1950;142(10):731. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910280039011

The development of social welfare departments has not always been greeted with enthusiasm in certain quarters. Some critics have pointed out weaknesses in the application of this program; others have commented on a tendency of some social welfare workers to undertake projects and offer advice that exceed their capabilities, and still others have hinted at socialistic views that seemed to erupt occasionally from social workers. On the other hand, unreserved compliments at times have been heard.

These differences of opinion correspond to the problems facing those interested in social welfare work, the benefits of which depend in part on the training, ability and work of the participants. Jarle Leirfallom, director of social welfare for Minnesota, has discussed frankly many of the problems in this field.1 His criticism and suggestions follow years of work and study with social welfare activities, personnel and recipients. They reflect unquestionably his awareness of existing