London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

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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 death-rate was higher in this Parish than in any of the abovementioned
places. There were, however, several London districts
wherein the death-rate was higher, namely:—
Chelsea 1.17 per 1,000 inhabitants.
Limehouse 0.83 „
Mile End 0.86 „
St. Saviour 0.70 „
St. Olave 0.76 ,,
Bermondsey 0.84 „
Camberwell 1.01 „
Greenwich 0.78 „
Lewisham 0.88 ,,
Woolwich 0.74 „
Plumstead 0.91 „
Among the Provincial Towns, West Ham (really a metropolitan
district) and Wolverhampton alone showed death-rates nearly approaching
these, and there the death-rates were in each case 0.60.
It is a noteworthy fact that whereas in the 33 large towns (inclusive
of London) the death-rate from Diphtheria rose from 0.27 in ten years
to 0.38 or Oil per 1,000, yet in London it increased from 0.41 to 0.60
per 1,000, or 0.19.
Why this is so, is really the great health problem of the day in
London. This subject has in previous reports been dwelt on at length,
and it is not proposed to go into it now, more especially as it will in all
probability be the subject of a special report.

Table XXXVII. Showing the Deaths from Diphtheria in the Sub-districts for each Quarter.

Sub-Districts.1st Quarter.2nd Quarter.3rd Quarter.4th Quarter.Whole Year.
Upper Holloway2822152186
Islington, South West1226312695
Islington, South East71271036
The Parish56675965247