A report having reached me of an outbreak of fever in a Female
Reformatory in Cornwall Place, I proceeded to investigate the circumstances.
Only one case appeared to have really been a well defined
case of fever, although several of the inmates on making complaint of
illness subsequently were, as a precautionary measure, moved into the
Fever Hospital I found, however, that many of the dormitories,
especially that one from which the cases of illness proceeded, were so
greatly overcrowded that I felt called upon to communicate my opinion
on the matter to the Managing Committee of the establishment.
EDWARD BALLARD, M.D.,
Medical Officer of Health.
May Ath, 1861,