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October 9, 1948

The Rehabilitation of the Patient: Social Casework in Medicine

JAMA. 1948;138(6):462. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900060066032

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As medical science has become more complex, it has become more difficult for the physician to treat the patient as well as the disease. The busy medical specialist has neither the time nor the training to give full consideration to all the personal, psychologic, social, economic and vocational aspects. To meet this need, there has been an increasing use of the medical social worker as a member of the therapeutic team. The author, who is an assistant professor of social work at McGill University, presents the importance of the nonmedical problems of the rehabilitation of the severely handicapped and shows how the medical social worker can aid in their solution. Through the case presentation method, the author deals with such problems as the emotional attitude toward disability, employment and family relationships, illustrating the varying methods of approach and technics used by the medical social worker. As pointed out by Dr.