Excellent Resource at the Wellcome Library

The Medical Officer of Health Reports for London, from 1848 to 1972, provide statistical data about births, deaths and diseases and give historians a unique insight into day-to-day life in the capital.

They have been photographed cover-to-cover and turned into text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR). They are arranged by date and by borough, and individual diseases are fully searchable. ‘Breast Cancer’ throws up more than 993 results across 711 reports – intimidating stuff…

Here! 

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