The recent launch of London’s Pulse, a project from the Wellcome Library, offers around 5,800 reports, compiled annually by Medical Officers of Health, from 1848 to 1973.
These digitised reports offer a detailed portrait of London life and the lives of Londoners, providing a wealth of information about health and illness, home and workplace life, etc., over a period of major social, economic and technological change.
They record statistics on births, deaths and illness, infant mortality and infectious disease, and supply a comprehensive insight into how and where Londoners were living, working and dying.
Uncover the stories behind the statistics, and find information on:
- London’s lost trades, such as hair-merchants and pigeon-fatteners
- the conditions of child-workers in factories and families in slum housing
- Londoners’ changing tastes in fast-food from oysters to Chinese takeaways
- records of attendance at maternity and child welfare clinics
- medical statistics - from deaths from diseases such as ague and cholera, to the numbers of boils lanced or carbuncles cured