Harriett M. Bartlett


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(1897–1987) Harriett Bartlett acted as the social work profession's theoretician, an intellectual giant despite being inarticulate, rigid, and inexperienced in the rigors of life. Educated at Vassar College, the London School of Economics, and the University of Chicago, she took what she called an unorthodox route to social work. Physically she was very tall, very thin, and very ascetic. As a social worker, she was compassionate, loving, and concerned about clients and their welfare. Through early acquaintance with Dr. Richard Cabot, and later with his protégée Ida Cannon, she became a caseworker at Massachusetts General Hospital. She became heavily involved with the American Association of Medical Social Workers (AAMSW, formerly the American Association of Hospital Social Workers, the earliest association of professional social workers, organized in 1918). She wrote often for the association, acted as its president from 1942 to 1944, and was a spokesperson for medical social workers.


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