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Bermondsey 1915

Report on the sanitary condition of the Borough of Bermondsey for the year 1915

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Nature of Specimen.Total Examinations.Results of Examination.
Diphtheria (specimens taken by Medical Officer of Health)3613261815343311
Ditto (taken by general practitioners)3272597241255218
Diphtheria (total specimens taken)6885859056598529
Total specimens taken1087919175154912765

The total number of specimens examined was somewhat less
than in the previous year. I have always been accustomed to have
one or two of the clerical members of the staff trained to assist in the
laboratory, but as practically all the clerical staff joined early in the
year, the whole work of the laboratory has devolved on me personally.
This takes up a considerable amount of time, but has enabled
me to effect several improvements in its administration and equipment.