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Fulham 1927

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

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(i.) Deliver to the Registrar a written certificate that the
child was not born alive, signed by a registered medical
practitioner or certified midwife who was in attendance
at the birth or who has examined the body of the
child, or
(ii.) Make a declaration in the prescribed form to the
effect that a doctor's or midwife's certificate cannot
be obtained and that the child was not born alive.
Circular 802a of the Ministry of Health states
that if the Local Authority is given notice by the
Registrar of cases under heading (ii.) in which no
doctor or midwife was in attendance or where his or
her certificate cannot be obtained, it is advisable for
the Medical Officer of Health to arrange for enquiry
to be made, as by a Health Visitor, in order that he
may be in a position to inform the Registrar whether
he is satisfied that the child was really still-born or
whether there are any suspicious circumstances attached
to the case. The new Act may thus assist in the detection
or prevention of infanticide.
Deaths.—During the year ended 31st December,
1927, 1,588 deaths were registered in the Borough. Of
these, 121 were of persons not belonging to the Borough
while 366 inhabitants of Fulham died outside the
Borough, chiefly in various public institutions. There
were, therefore, 1,833 deaths of persons—945 males and
888 females—having their usual residence in Fulham,
representing an annual rate of 11.3 per 1,000 of the
estimated population, being 0.5 per 1,000 above that of
1926. The death rate of males was 11.6, of females

The following comparative death rates are of interest:—

Death rates, 1927:—
England and Wales12.3
107 Large towns (average)12.2

It is worthy of special mention that the death rate
per 1,000 persons living in Fulham was lower than that
of any of the other five Boroughs in the West district
of London.