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 Hanover Square, The Vestry of the Parish of Saint George]
evident that no proper precautions were taken to prevent
the workmen leaving the premises or the city.
I may point out to you in this connection that this is not
the only case in London that has been derived from the
same source. On the 22nd January, a woman was removed
from a house in Fulham, having contracted small-pox from
her husband, who was employed at the same place as
Robinson and returned with him to London on the same
day. He also had " an eruption of spots," but saw no
I think that in each case the man contracted modified
small-pox at Hull, and that the wife took it from him on his
return to London.
Certain memoranda with respect to plague, having been
forwarded to the Vestry by the Secretary of the Local
Government Board, were referred to ine by your Sanitary
Committee, and I prepared the following Report thereon :—
I have considered the " Memoranda with respect to
Plague " forwarded by the Secretary of the Local Government
Board, and find that they consist of—
1.—" General Memorandum on the Proceedings which
are advisable in places attacked or threatened by
This has no special reference to plague, but refers
generally, as its title indicates, to the means of preventing
2.—A special memorandum, by Mr. Power, the Chief
Medical Officer, on the plague.
In this memorandum, although it is pointed out that
u Local Authorities should be on their guard against
plague, it is not intended to suggest that there exists any
cause for alarm."