The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 36
25th February, 1878.To the Committee of the Otago Benevolent Institution.
I have to report that during the past year the health of the inmates of the Institution has been good. The few cases of sickness have been principally those pertaining to advanced age and broken-down constitutions.
There have been three deaths: Andrew Adams, aged 90, from old age; Thomas Fowler, 74, from apoplexy; and Patrick Murray, 48, from progressive paralysis of many years' standing.
The younger members have almost uniformly escaped sickness, and it is satisfactory to report that again we have escaped an outbreak of scarlet fever. As this epidemic has almost disappeared from Dunedin, it is reasonable to hope that we shall now entirely escape from its visitation.
I have again the pleasure of bearing testimony to Mr. and Mrs. Quin's untiring attention to the comfort of the inmates, and to the important matters of cleanliness and ventilation, whereby, no doubt, our freedom from disease is greatly due.
T. M. Hocken,Medical Officer,