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Deptford 1926

Annual report on the health of the Metropolitan Borough of Deptford

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from one person to another is slight, but it is advisable to disinfect.
We can say that tissues of the body affected by chronic inflammatory
change, often resulting from long standing irritation or from a blow or
injury are liable to become cancerous. In the skin we have seen
chimney sweeper's cancer, the irritation from soot being the cause.
Cancer occurs in workers in tar and paraffin and in cotton spinners
exposed to mineral oil from the "mule." Cancer of the lip occurs in
smokers and ulcer of the stomach may end in cancer.
To prevent cancer as far as we understand it, workers should be
guarded from the irritation of tar and paraffin. Middle aged people
should get rid of anything of the nature of simple tumours, warts and
papillomata, which are liable to chronic irritation.
Early diagnosis is imperative and no one should delay in having an
X-ray examination where there is the slightest reason for suspecting
any growth or unusual conditions.
Summary of Work of Health Visitors.

The work done by the health visitors is summarised in the following Table

1st visitsRe-visitsTotal
Still Births50252
Infant Deaths under 1 year9898
Infant Deaths, 1 to 5 years7474
Expectant Mothers532246778
Ophthalmia Neonatorum174259
Infantile Diarrhœa126115241
Scabies in children11
Verminous Children6410
Puerperal Fever131528
Unsuccessful visits6516%1347
Scarlet Fever recoveries238167405
Encephalitis lethargica448
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In addition to the above visits, the Health Visitors spent in all
534 afternoons at sessions of the Infant Welfare Centres and 151
mornings at sessions of the Ante-Natal or Special Clinic; 6 attendances
were also made at Dental Clinics.

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