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Islington 1896

Forty-first annual report on the health and sanitary condition of the Parish of St. Mary, Islington

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The Medical Officer of Health for London provides a table in his
Annual Reports which shows the contrast between London and its
several districts, London being taken as a 1,000. It will be noticed
that Table XIV. in this Report shows the contrast between England
and Wales and other places. This has been done in order that Islington
and the other London districts might be compared with the great
towns, as well as with each other.
Upper Holloway.
1,603 deaths were registered, which are equal to the low annual
death-rate of 15.93 per 1,000 inhabitants. These deaths are 91 below
the average number of deaths registered in the preceding four years.
1892 2,053 deaths = 22.30 per 1,000 inhabitants.
1893 7,702 „ = 18.14 „
1894 1,458 „ = 15.30 „
1895 1,564 „ = 16.12 „
1896 1,603 „ = 16.93 „
The death-rate of the district from all causes of death must be
considered satisfactory, in the face of the fact that it suffered more than
any other sub-district, except south-west Islington, from Zymotic
Diseases. Such a district as Upper Holloway is fairly comparable with
many of the 33 Great Towns, whose populations are about the same in
number. In every instance, however, the death-rates in these places is
above the rate that obtained there.
Population. Death-rate.
Plymouth 90,276 19.6 per 1,000 inhabitants.
Swansea 98,645 16.8 „
Wolverhampton 86,530 20.0 „
Halifax 94,775 24.3 „
Gateshead 98,436 19.1 „
Upper Holloway 98,682 15.9 „