London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

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East Ham 1949

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for East Ham]

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School milk, school meals, and school health should be regarded
as a medico-social triad on which the well-being of the scholars has
been truly founded; to strike away any one of them might well
cause the whole edifice built up by patient local authority effort
over four decades, to crumble and decay.
It is with feelings of great personal loss and deep regret that
reference is made to the death of Dr. Reeve Flaxman who for twenty
years carried out the duties of Ophthalmic Consultant to the Council.
His work was stamped with a uniform excellence and his relation
with colleagues and patients always cordial yet dignified. The
children and nurses adored him for his gentleness and kindness
under all circumstances, and his passing will create a gap in our
School Health Service. His post may be filled, but he can never
be replaced.
I wish to express my sincere thanks to the Chairman and
Members of the Education Committee and to those of the SubCommittees,
for their courtesy and kindness and their assistance
on all occasions.
I have the honour to be, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Your obedient Servant,
Malcolm Barker,
School Medical Officer.