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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 12

Chapter I. — Duties of a Medical Officer of Health

Chapter I.

Duties of a Medical Officer of Health.

1To ascertain what local causes prejudicially affect the public health in the district; to inform the Board of these discovered causes; and to suggest such means for their removal as medical science can advise.
2To seek information of the occurrence of cases of epidemic, endemic, or contagious diseases, and, when informed, to visit the localities, ascertain the extent of the malady, the local causes likely to conduce to the diffusion thereof, and give such warning as may induce persons infected to have recourse to medical treatment. In case of an out-break of small-pox, to inquire into the history thereof, and as to the practice of vaccination in the neighbourhood.
3To inspect any meat exposed for sale for human food, whenever required to do so by an officer of the Board or any police officer; and to give his opinion as to the fitness or otherwise of such meat being used as human food, whenever required by a Justice of Peace.
4Upon any complaint received by him of the emission of any noxious or offensive smell from any process of trade carried on in any manufactory, yard, house, or premises, or of atmospheric pollution from any drains or sewers, to inquire into the causes, and report upon the means for the prevention thereof.
5To perform any duties imposed by an Act of Parliament on the Officer of Health.
6-7To attend the meetings of the Board when necessary. To report quarterly the nature and amount of sickness and death, the number of births and of persons vaccinated; and to present annually a report and tabular return of the ascertained sickness and mortality of the district.