Ida Maud Cannon


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(1877–1960) As director of the Social Service Department at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (1906–1946), Ida Maud Cannon defined and developed medical social work. Cannon attended the City and County Hospital Training School for Nurses in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Boston School for Social Workers (now Simmons College School for Social Work). Although medical social work was growing as a field of practice in New York and Baltimore, Cannon became its nationally recognized symbol through her activities at Massachusetts General Hospital in the department created by Dr. Richard Cabot.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

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