The rise in status of medical social work can be attributed directly to the growing importance that the medical profession itself attaches to social and emotional factors in the study and treatment of disease. The fact is that the two areas share a mutual interdependency and together make up the whole of student training in terms of being a configuration more meaningful than its component parts. Basic to the ability to offer casework service effectively in any setting is the understanding of human behavior. As a result good student training for casework does not only include an understanding of the client-patient's behavior but thorough self-knowledge as well. School and field must both recognize the meaning that medical authority can hold for the student and help the student see how he or she is using it.
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Schless, Bessie G. The Relationship Between Field and Schools of Social Work in Training for the New Function of the Hospital. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. June 1949: