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Finsbury 1937

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Finsbury Borough]

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Last year 10 cases were referred for the attention of the

Ophthalmia Neonatorum.

No. of Cases notified 1937Cases treatedNo. Vision unimpairedNo. Vision impairedTotal BlindnessNo. of Deaths
at Homein Hospital

The death was from a cause other than ophthalmia neonatorum.
Two patients removed whilst under treatment.
Eleven cases were notified in 1937. Each case was visited and
revisited by a Health Visitor until its termination. Twenty-five
visits in all were made. In no case was there impairment of vision.
The London County Council reserves beds in St. Margaret's Hospital,
Kentish Town, for the treatment of severe cases.
In addition to the notification of true cases of Ophthalmia
Neonatorum by medical men, midwives have to report cases of
inflammation of the eye, and these are also kept under observation
by the Health Visitors.
Prevention of Blindness—Blind Persons Act 1920.
The administration of the Blind Persons Act 1920 is in the
hands of the London County Council. There are no blind children
under 5 years of age known to the Department.

Puerperal Pyrexia and Fever.

Out of 842 Finsbury births notified in 1937, there were 14 cases of Puerperal Pyrexia and three cases of Puerperal Fever. The causes were as follows:—

Acute Adenitis1Retained Products1
Lobar Pneumonia1Septicaemia1
Local Infection2Tensity of Breasts1
Mastitis1Urinary Infection1
Pyelitis1Unknown Origin3