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September 1945

Patients Have Families.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1945;76(3):177. doi:10.1001/archinte.1945.00210330048012

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This work is another of the excellent contributions of the Commonwealth Fund and represents the recognition of a hitherto neglected difficulty. It deals with the effect of the patient's illness on his family. It describes the effect of the family and the environment on the illness of the patient. It points out the proper attitude of the physician and the psychiatrist in the solution of the problem. The medical social worker is given a place in the picture. The author points out the opportunity for research in the study of the family unit, and he gives numerous examples of professional technics to be used in meeting the problems.

It seems obvious that this book must produce a variety of reactions in its readers. By the social worker, the psychologist and the highly specialized psychiatrist the book will doubtless be received as the finger that points toward the proper solution of

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