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Fulham 1927

Annual report of the Medical Officer of Health for the year 1927

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Zymotic deaths.—The mortality from zymotic diseases
was lower than in 1926, 41 deaths being due to the
seven principal epidemic diseases, against 103 during
1926. The zymotic death rate was 0.2 per 1,000 of
the population, as compared with 0.6 for 1926.

Seasonal mortality.—The mortality in the four quarters of the year under review was as follows :—

First quarter65716.2
Second quarter3869.5
Third quarter3308.1
Fourth quarter46011.3

Causes of death.—There are classified in Table II., pages 15 and 16. The following Table shows the diseases which caused the largest number of deaths :—

Disease.Males.Females.Bothsexes.Percentage of total deaths.
Heart diseases9810119910.8
Tuberculosis (all forms)99481478.0

It will be seen that 949 deaths, or 51.8 per cent.,
of the total were caused by five diseases.
Although there was a reduction of 47 in the number
of deaths from cancer, this disease, as in 1926, caused
the largest number of deaths.
There was a marked rise in the figures for bronchitis
which occupied second place in 1927 causing 216
deaths, compared with 161 in 1926.
Diseases of the heart were third on the list.