Public Health and Poor-Law Medical Services

1885 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
at the Infirmary on January 16th, to consider certain clauses relating to the compulsory notification of infectious diseases in the proposed new^l ocal Act, the following resolutions were carried. First resoltution, proposed by Dr. Bagshaw e, seconded by Mr. Hoadley Gabb, and carried unianimoously: "That this meeting of medical men resident in Hastings hereby records its unanimous and decided objectioni to the compulsory notification of ilnfectious disease by the medical attendant, as proposed
more » ... ndant, as proposed to be enacted in the Hastings Corporation Bill. This meeting considers that Clause 4 of Section 274 violates the sanctity of the professional relationship which subsists between doctor and patient, by placing the dloctor in the position of an informier." Second resoltution, proposed by Dr. Penhall, seconded by Dr. Allen, anid carried with one dissentient: " That this meeting considers that *the Clauses 1 and 2 of Section 274 (householder niotification) have been shown, by the experience of other towns, to be not only useless, but also mischievous, as leading to the actual concealment of disease, by lpreventing the early calling in of medical aid." A deputation was appointed at the same meeting to confer with the Committee of the Town Council on Tuesday, January 20th. HEALTH OF ENGLISH TOWNS.-Dur ing the. week ending the 3rd instant, 6,887 births and 4,195 deaths were registered in the twentyeight large English towns, including London, dealt with in the Registrar-General's weekly return, which have an estimated population of 8,762,354 persons. The annual rate of mortality per 1,000 persons living in these towns, which had declijned in the four preceding weeks from 24.4 to 20.2, rose to 25.0. The rates in the several towns, ranged in order from the lowest, were as follow:-
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