Winter, 2009: Without Prejudice

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The role of social work in the medical field is over one hundred years old. In Britain, until not that many years ago, social workers employed in hospitals were called almoners (from the word “alms”, meaning “charity”), people who gave money or other assistance to patients or clients in need. Early “social work” efforts were performed by well-meaning but often untrained people.