CollectionDeeny Papers
Collection DescriptionJames Deeny, practitioner in Lurgan the 1930s, made pioneering surveys of infant mortality and tuberculosis. Chief Medical Officer to Dublin Department of Health, 1944-1950, when he resigned to set up the National T.B. Survey. Returned to institute the Mother and Child Scheme. This collection reflects his interests in Belfast linen workers, among whom he conducted a social and clinical survey; the eradication of tuberculosis; infant diseases, including enteritis.

Files of papers including lectures, copies of articles and journals, statistical accounts, papers by other authors, etc., used in compiling reports on, for example:

Infant mortality in Belfast, 1943 with statistics relating to the relation of infant feeding to mortality, 1944

Prenatal mortality in Ireland, 1955

Enteritis in infants, 1946

Studies of male linen weavers includes correspondence and papers, for example, results of a survey carried out by the Temperance and Social Welfare Committee of the Belfast District

Synod of the Methodist Church in Ireland, 1937-1938

Correspondence with government, Trade and General Workers' Union, Queen's University and London School of Economics and international organisations

'Poverty as a cause of ill-health' ('Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland', May, 1940), includes a draft report of a survey carried out on a group of mothers employed in the Linen Industry of Northern Ireland in the late 1930s, with income and expenditure charts, and breakdowns of insurance society/company membership.

There are c.30 boxes.

See James Deeny's autobiography 'To Cure and to Care', [Dublin, 1989].

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