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Barnes 1897

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Barnes]

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Twenty-three deaths occurred from Lung Disease other than
Phthisis, 12 in children under five years of age, and 11 over five
years. There were 15 deaths from Phthisis, nine in Mortlake and
six in Barnes, which is one more than last year, but considerably
below the average of former years. There were only two deaths
registered as directly due to Influenza.
I have, in company with the Inspector of Nuisances,
inspected the Cow Sheds, Dairies, Bake-houses and Slaughterhouses.
The Cow Sheds are well constructed and kept in
good order, with one exception, the owners of which have
received notice to alter the arrangements. The Bake-houses
as a rule are kept in good condition and clean, but those
which are underground are not generally very satisfactory.
Very few Slaughter-houses are in use in the district, and they
are in very good condition and well kept.
The water from four wells was found on analysis to be unfit
for domestic use, and were closed, and a pure supply substituted.
One hundred and ten cases of infectious sickness were
notified, 31 for Mortlake and 79 for Barnes; this is the smallest
number notified since the adoption of the Act in 1890.


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Although the total number of patients admitted to the
Hospital was rather less than during the preceding year, we
have been more inconvenienced for room. There were comparitively
few admitted during the spring and early part of the
summer, but we became over full in August, when we had a

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