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Finsbury 1937

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

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The statistics for puerperal fever for previous years are appended:—

Years.1912 -211922 -261927 -31193219331934193519361937Total.

The cases of puerperal fever and puerperal pyrexia are investigated
by the Assistant Medical Officer of Health.
Orthopaedic Conditions.
Tuberculosis.—Persons suffering from orthopaedic conditions
due to tuberculosis are seen at the Dispensary at Whiskin
Street and receive treatment at Sanatoria under the scheme for
treatment. The great majority, however, are seen in the first
instance at the hospitals in the vicinity and therefore do not come
under the supervision of the Tuberculosis Officer at the Dispensary
until later on.
Other Orthopædic Conditions.—Very few orthopædic
conditions due to other causes such as congenital defects or infantile
paralysis or postural causes are seen at the Welfare Centres.
In the first instance the children are rather young to develop
orthopaedic troubles and any serious cases such as infantile
paralysis find their way direct to the many voluntary hospitals
in the neighbourhood. Any cases which do conce to the Municipal
Centres requiring hospital treatment are referred to St. Bartholomew's
Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital, the National Orthopaedic
Hospital or the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street.
Rickets.—Many cases presenting signs and symptoms of
rickets, mostly of the mild variety, were seen at the Centres last
Mild cases are dealt with at the Sunlight and Massage Clinics
of the Borough Council, combined with advice as to methods of
feeding and vitamin therapy.