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City of London 1852

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London, City of ]

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exceptional in the production of Cholera, at least it
touches no healthy spot: the local conditions which
welcome its occasional presence, are, in its absence,
hour by hour, the workers of other death; and in
rendering a locality secure against the one, you will
also have made it less vulnerable by the others.
As a last suggestion in this part of my subject,
there are two steps which I would recommend to
your Honourable Court, as likely to assist the labours
of your officers, and to bring a large quantity of
important information before you:—first (according
to a plan adopted here in the last epidemic) that
printed notices should be posted in every back-street,
court and alley of the City, and should be renewed
once a month, advising the careful maintenance of
cleanliness in all houses, and inviting all persons
who are aggrieved by any nuisance, or by any
neglect of scavengers and dustmen, or by any defect
of water-supply, forthwith to make complaint at
your Office, or to the Inspector of the district, whose
name and address might be subjoined; secondly,
that a circular letter should be written to all persons
in parochial authority, also to other clergy, to
heads of visiting societies and the like, begging
them to communicate with your officers on every
occasion when any local uncleanliness or nuisance
may come within their knowledge.
3. Finally, gentlemen—in the probable anticipation
that next year Cholera will prevail in London
with at least its former severity, it may be claimed