BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39255.502627.BE1 (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1380

A BMJ reader is writing a biography of Charles Thomas Haden (1786-1824), a London doctor who was greatly admired by Jane Austen, and is looking for information on the location of Haden's private and professional papers, letters, and journals, and the papers of his wife, Emma Harrison. Haden was a surgeon at the Chelsea and Brompton Dispensary, vice president of the Associated Apothecaries and Surgeon-Apothecaries, part-editor of the Medical Intelligencer, and translator of Francois Magendie's Formulary (1823). If you can help, please contact Brian Southam on brian_southam@hotmail.com.

Is there a connection between exposure to rubbish in cities and diarrhoea in young children? Unsurprisingly, a longitudinal study carried out in Brazil suggests there is (Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 2007;101:722-9, doi: 10.1016/j.trstmh.2006.10.006). An index of “rubbish in the street” and uncontained rubbish within the home were both associated with diarrhoea. Less significant associations were the quality of water supply, hygiene and cleanliness near the house, the number of people living together, drainage problems, and the age of the child.

A seven year prospective …

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