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date: 20 October 2017

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Ruth Irelan Knee (1920–2008) was a leading social worker in the formative years of public mental health programming and was a contributor to the “patients’ rights movement” for institutionalized persons.

Keywords: psychiatric social work, interdisciplinary mental health treatment, community mental health, patients’ rights, formation of NASW

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