Public Assistance Journal and Health and Hospital Review, May 14 1948

Princess Elizabeth, opening [an] exhibition which marks the centenary of the passing of the first Public Health Act, said that a century of steady progress, due to wise Acts of Parliament, to the increase of knowledge and to public enlightenment, had worked an almost miraculous change in the health of the people.

Today five times as many children survived their infancy as in 1848; less than half as many mothers died in childbirth and the expectation of life at birth has risen by 29 years. The tuberculosis death rate was one fifth of what it was in 1860 and there had been an equally remarkable decrease in deaths from most of the other dangerous diseases.

"If the new Health Act is to be the successes we all want it to be," said the Princess, "there is room for even more public co-operation with the medial authorities and there are still ignorance and laziness to overcome."