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Greenwich 1952

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

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113
CHEST CLINIC REPORT
I am indebted to Dr. C. W. L. Jeanes, Chest Physician at the
Greenwich Chest Clinic, for the following Report on Tuberculosis in
the Borough.

At the end of 1952 there were 895 patients on the Chest Clinic Register consisting of:—

Pulmonary TuberculosisNon-pulmonary Tuberculosis
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Of these, 93 were new notifications of pulmonary tuberculosis
and 14 of non-pulmonary tuberculosis.
During the year 45 patients were discharged as recovered.
Forty-two patients on the Tuberculosis register died during the
year but only 32 of these died from Tuberculosis, the remaining 10
dying from accidents or illnesses in no way connected with their
tuberculosis. Bearing this in mind, the actual death rate from
Tuberculosis was 0.35 per 1,000 population.
Year
Population
of
Borough
Notifications
Incidence per 1,000
of population
Deaths
Non- N on- Rate
Pulm. Pulm. Pulm. Pulm. Total per
Tub. Tub. Tub. Tub. 1,000
1938 95,770 153 38 1.59 0.39 53 0.55
1939 94,790 93 14 0.98 0.14 60 0.67
1940 74,280 125 7 1.68 0.23 73 0.97
1941 57,070 138 32 2.42 0.56 74 1.30
1942 60,530 164 18 2.70 0.29 64 1.06
1943 62,870 117 26 1.86 0.41 60 0.96
1944 61,800 113 16 1.82 0.26 47 0.76
1945 63,800 149 16 2.33 0.25 53 0.83
1946 76,840 173 18 2.25 0.23 56 0.73
1947 82,230 171 13 2.08 0.16 67 0.82
1948 84,410 112 17 1.32 0.20 62 0.73
1949 87,680 118 10 1.35 0.11 53 0.61
1950 89,570 126 18 1.41 0.20 50 0.56
1951 89,390 124 22 1.39 0.24 40 0.44
1952 90.880 101 18 1.11 0.19 42 0.46
The drugs Streptomycin, P.A.S. and Isoniazid, together with
modern surgery in suitable cases, have contributed very largely
to the fall in the death rate during the last few years.


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