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West Ham 1948

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

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Statistics relating to the work of the clinic follow:

RheumaticNutritionalGeneral Consultative
Number cases seen5413182
Total attendances10121347
Number admitted to hospital18314
Number recommended for Open Air School or other special educational treatment5219
Number referred to other special clinics130
Number discharged during year275111
Number under observation at end of year29973
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TUBERCULOSIS IN CHILDHOOD. Manifest tuberculosis is less common in children than in adults. It usually takes a different form and if recognised early enough, is more amenable to treatment. Close co-operation is maintained between the School Health Service and the Chest Clinic in these cases,, Dr„ Galpin has submitted the following summary of the work done at the Clinic in relation to school children:

Number of school children referred by School Medical Officer43
Number of school children referred by General Medical Practitioners39
Number of school children examined as contacts105
Number of school children found to be suffering from tuberculosis16
The classification and disposal of the definite cases is set out below:-
Pleurisy1(7 were admitted to institutions)
Lung primary9
Ankle1(3 were admitted to institutions) .
Neck Gland3
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SCABIES. The decline in the number of cases of this disease continued during the
year, but the fall was less marked than in the preceding year. Pre-war figures have now
been reached, and it will be interesting to observe whether the future produces any more
improvement or whether there is a rock-bottom reservoir of infection which still prevails
under normal conditions. It remains to be seen whether methods of treatment evolved to
meet the emergency war-time situation will be able to improve on pre-war figures.

A comparative table of the rise and fall of scabies is set out below:-

YearNumber of school children treated
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