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]
rats in districts threatened or invaded by plague, care
being taken that their carcases are collected and burnt
without being unduly handled," is advised as an essential
measure of precaution.
It is also announced that the Local Government Board
is prepared to issue Professor Haffkine's plague prophylactic
"in limited amount to the Medical Officers of
Health of districts actually infected by plague for the
protection therein of Doctors, Nurses, and other persons
that are, under the conditions of the invaded area, being
subjected to sustained exposure to plague infection."
3.—Directions for obtaining and forwarding for bacteriological
examination material from suspected
The testing of material from the earliest suspected case
or cases will be done without cost to the Local Authority,
but the material for examination ''can be received only
from the Medical Officer of Health" who is to send full
particulars in each instance with the material forwarded.
The London County Council has provided for the examination
of material from any suspected cases of plague
by Dr. Klein, and has also retained the services of
Mr. James Cantlie, formerly Medical Officer in one of the
plague hospitals in Hong Kong, to give advice as to the
diagnosis of suspected cases.
The Council has also issued a Report by Mr. Cantlie on
the signs and symptoms of plague.
I may add that I am making arrangements with
medical men to attend cases should they arise in the
parish, similar to the arrangements I made for cholera in
In response to a representation made by the Incorporated
Society of Medical Officers of Health, the
Royal College of Physicians appointed a Committee, of