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

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      GB 120 londonspulse
  • Dates of Creation
      19th Century
      20th Century (1900 - 1945)
      20th Century (1946 - 1999)
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Scope and Content

This collection features digitised reports of the UK Medical Officers of Health for the London area during the 19th and 20th centuries. These reports were compiled on an annual basis and include written information and statistical data on public health issues, such as infectious diseases, mortality rates, health services and environmental impacts on health.

Selected reports are available from the period and the areas covered include the present City of London, the current 32 London boroughs and the predecessor local authorities for these areas. The reports also highlight the differences between different Medical Officers of Health and show how individual personality influenced their work and reporting style.

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Unless otherwise stated, content within this collection is licensed under Creative Commons.


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A Jisc funded digitisation initiative. Publisher: Wellcome Library

Additional Information

The reports are of particular interest to those studying and working in the areas of public health, social sciences, the history of medicine and population and statistical studies.

Considerable contextual material is also provided for users, including a Health of London timeline, plus information on the history of public health and the emergence of the Medical Health Officer as a job role.

Users can search the reports catalogue or browse by borough or date range. Most content is freely available to all users but some content – such as clinical images, or reports less than 100 years old – can only be viewed once the user has registered. Personalisation features, such as saved searches and bookmarks, are also available to logged-in users.