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 Walthamstow]
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The percentage of cases removed to Hospital in 1933 was 90.1
against 91.3 in 1932. No cases were refused admission and whenever
possible pressure was exerted to secure the admission of all
cases to Hospital unless cases were of the non-clinical variety. It
is felt that home treatment of diphtheria can rarely be adequate
owing to the difficulty of making parents and patients realise the
necessity for absolute recumbency during the early stages of the
Antitoxin continued to be available for free issue to medical
practitioners at the Public Health Department during office hours
and at all times at the Fire Station, Forest Road, and at Mr.
Gaze's, 10, The Avenue, Highams Park. During 1933 a total of
'208 phials containing 1,524,000 units of Diphtheria Antitoxin and
eight phials containing 80 c.cs. of Scarlet Fever Antitoxin were
Two cases were notified in June, two in July and one in
October. The last case was certified as dying of Acute Encephalitis
and was probably not a case of Enteric Fever. Of the others 3
were treated at the Connaught Hospital and one at Whipps Cross
Hospital. One of the former cases died.
All the cases were apparently unconnected and no definite
source of infection could be ascertained.