This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II THE NATURE OF SOCIAL WORK, ESPECIALLY IN ITS RELATION TO MEDICINE As soon as we open our eyes to the ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER II THE NATURE OF SOCIAL WORK, ESPECIALLY IN ITS RELATION TO MEDICINE As soon as we open our eyes to the backgrounds of medical work such as I exemplified in the last chapter, social, educational, and preventive activities begin to loom up round us in deep vistas which we cannot reasonably refuse to explore. A man is not flat like a card. We cannot get the whole of him spread out upon our retina at once. The bit of him which is recorded in the history of his aches, his jumps, and his weaknesses is built into the rest of his life and character like a stone in an arch. To change any part of him appreciably we must change the whole. As well might one try to pick up a man's shadow and carry it away as to treat his physical ills by themselves without knowledge of the habits that so often help to make him sick and the character of which these habits are the fruit. Yet physicians and hospital managers have only just begun to realize this because the inquiry into the ultimate causes and results of disease has not yet gathered much momentum. The question: "Why does this disease occur at all?" is still thought of as one which a few paid officials or virtuous amateurs may well bestir themselves to answer, provided they have the time and provided they do it without disturbing the practical work of the busy physician. The average practitioner is used to seeing his patients flash by him like shooting stars*--out of darkness into darkness. He has been trained to focus upon a single suspected organ till he thinks of his patients almost like disembodied diseases. "What is there in the waiting-room?" I asked my assistant as I arrived one morning at the hospital. "A pretty good lot of material," said he briskly. "There's a couple of good hearts, a...Read Less
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