The Springfield Survey; A Study of Social Conditions in an American City Volume 5

The Springfield Survey; A Study of Social Conditions in an American City Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...and it is doubtful whether the ordinary inspector, no matter how capable he may be in the matter of nuisance abatement or enforcement of the sanitary ordinances, is properly equipped to give instruction in the management of the patient. It is exceedingly doubtful whether the inspectors themselves, without special training, would be considered competent to look after a typhoid patient by the authorities of a first class hospital. Similarly the history taking and study of the origin and relation between cases (epidemiology) is a matter for a person of special training or ability. This work calls for an understanding of the principles of statistics and the modes of infection such as may not be expected of persons who have not made a special study of such matters. The recommendations for improvement of the health department service are thus much the same as in the case of the contagious diseases of children: better reporting of cases; prompt visitation of cases by a medical inspector or specially trained nurse employed by the health department, with revisitation, or removal of cases if necessary; and more thorough epidemiological work. In summing up the typhoid fever situation it may be said that Springfield has suffered unduly from the disease, and that although there has been a general improvement in recent years, too much typhoid still occurs. As to causation, the evidence is that since the use of unpurified river water has been abandoned the city water supply has been free from blame. The distribution of the disease throughout the city shows the fourth and fifth wards to a decided advantage, a distribution that corresponds in a general way to that of wells and privies, which assuredly play an important part in keeping up the death more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236974557
  • 9781236974556