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 Twickenham]
The following table summarises the mortality from the 6 principal Zymotic diseases occurring during the last 10 years.
Diphtheria was the cause of three deaths. A
feature in connection with the treatment of the disease has
been the continued distribution of Anti-diptheritic Serum by
the Council to any Medical practitioner applying for it in
cases occurring in the parish. The Serum has been
supplied and used in several cases. It is gratifying
to report that a rapid recovery has in most instances
ensued, and the possible mortality from Diphtheria has
in consequence been probably reduced. It should be
known that this treatment may be adopted with perfect
safety as a prophylactic measure to any case which
has been in immediate contact with the disease.