The cases of sickness alluded to in the following tabular statement, (from January 14, 1861, to March 1, 1865,) include not only the sickness occurring among the persons residing in the Five Points House of Industry, but a considerable number, in addition, brought from the miserable localities of the neighborhood, for the purpose of affording them the advantages of the better accommodation and care of our Hospital. In some instances cases of an extreme and necessarily fatal character were thus introduced, so adding to our average mortality: in a number of cases we have good reason to believe lives were saved by the change.
It is to be remarked, that of the 33 were sent from the House to Bellevue Hospital, many were adult inmates, for whose care in sickness we could not well provide. About the only children sent away were occasional cases of Varioloid; so many persons visiting the house, it was not considered advisable, for reputation's sake, to have such cases on hand. It is worthy of note, that only 15 cases of Varioloid have occurred in the period of four years, among a community more than ordinarily exposed to its contagious influence; but the full explanation is believed to be found in the degree to which vaccination has been practised, no less than 1,578 persons having been vaccinated within the four years alluded to.
It will be observed that 184 cases of typhus fever occurred, 13 of which were sent to Hospital, leaving 171 as the number treated in the House; of these two died, both adults - one, Mr. Harper, an assistant, and the other, Mr. Barlow, the superintendent, worn out with several years of most faithful, self-denying labor.
In the tabular statement we report 249 cases of Ophthalmia 2 sent to Hospital, leaving 247 as treated in the House. Besides these quite a number of mild cases were treated and not registered; but, of the whole number but a single eye has been lost: this patient subsequently died of marasmus.
Of Measles we have treated 43 cases, and of Scarlet Fever 6 cases, with one death from each. When the Scarlet Fever cases occurred we gave the children of the House each a daily dose of Belladonna as a prophylactic; the result was apparently satisfactory, as shown by the moderate number of cases.
Of the fatal cases not previously alluded to, four were from Marasmus, and 2 from Cholera Infantum, 1 from Acute Hydrocephalus, 1 from Convulsions, 1 from Pneumonia, 1 from Congestion of the Lungs, 1 from Phthisis, 1 from Tuberculosis, and 1 from Dropsy - in all 20 deaths.
The prescriptions amount to 6,008. I have made, in the four years and two months, 559 visits to the House. Within the latter two years of the above period I have been assisted by Dr. G. L. Freeman, who has resided in the House a considerable portion of that time.
|Number of Cases||Sent to Hospital||Treated at House||Died|
|Eruptions in general||69||0||69||0|
|Inflammation of the Brain||1||0||1||0|
|Congestion of the Brain||1||0||1||0|
|Swelling of Cheek||1||0||1||0|
|Spasmodic Affection of the Mouth||1||0||1||0|
|Congestion of the Lungs||1||0||1||1|
|Inflammation of the Bowels||1||0||1||0|
|Hemorrhage from the bowels||1||0||1||0|
|Stricture of Urethra||1||0||1||0|
|Inflammation of Mammae||2||1||1||0|
|Phlegmasia Alba Dolens||1||0||1||0|
|Total Number of Cases||.||.||.||1,418|
|Sent to the Hospital||.||.||.||33|
|Treated at the House||.||.||.||1,385|
|Died at the House||.||.||.||20|
|Visits by Dr. Joslin||.||.||.||559|
|Source:||The American Homoeopathic Review Vol. 06 No. 04, 1865, pages 142-146|
|Description:||Five Points House of Industry report.|
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