The earliest published statement of the value of clinical sociology was written by Milton C Winternitz, dean of the Yale School of Medicine from 1920 through 1935. This article presents Winternitz's ideas about clinical sociology and discusses his unsuccessful pursuit of funds to establish a department of clinical sociology The article also introduces two documents written by Winternitz and correspondence from 1931 between Winternitz and Michael M. Davis, director of medical services for the Julius Rosenwald Fund.

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