London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

About the reports

This website allows you to search more than 5500 Medical Officer of Health (MOH) reports from the Greater London area. Find out more about the reports: why they were written; what can be found in them; and who was responsible for their creation.

The Medical Officer of Health reports

The reports provided statistical data about births, deaths and diseases, but they also allowed the authors to express the diversity of their local communities and their own personal interests.

The health of the people

The era of the Medical Officer Health saw the emergence of new ways of thinking about the connections between poverty, health and government.

A new kind of medical professional

The career of the Medical Officer of Health developed alongside a new public health infrastructure that included new institutions and new health professions.

The changing face of London

Many of the daily concerns and shifting preoccupations of Londoners can be seen through the eyes of their Medical Officers of Health.

Using the report data

The London Medical Officer of Health (MOH) reports have been photographed cover-to-cover and turned into text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This page provides information about using the data in your research.