Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Finsbury Borough]
In connection with the prevention of the spread of infectious
diseases, notice is given to the Health Department by the London
County Council of children absent from school for various reasons.
All those cases suspected to be suffering from infectious diseases
are visited in the first instance by the Sanitary Inspector and if
necessary by the Assistant Medical Officer of Health, and such
action taken as may be thought advisable.
The London County Council also transmit "following-up"
cards relating to children of pre-school age discharged from the
Council's hospitals. These cards give information as to any special
recommendations for after-care which are noted by the Health
No cases of epidemic jaundice, undulant fever, glandular
fever or psittacosis were brought to my notice.
The administration of the Acts and Regulations with respect
to venereal diseases is in the hands of the London County Council.
The treatment centres nearest the Borough are the Metropolitan
Hospital, Kingsland Road, E.8; the Royal Free Hospital, Gray's
Inn Road, W.C.1; and the Hospital for Sick Children, Great
Ormond Street, W.C.1.
St. Paul's Hospital, Endell Street, ceased, after 31st March,
to participate in the London County Council's V. D. Scheme.
Special notices, drawing attention to the facilities for treatment
in the neighbourhood at hospitals and treatment centres, are
exhibited in the public conveniences, and all the staff of the Department
can give information on this point.
The number of deaths from cancer have been gradually
increasing. This is probably a real increase, and not to be
explained by the increased age of the population (although this
is no doubt an important factor), nor by improved methods of