Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
Annual report of the Medical Officer of Health, 1897
PLUMSTEAD COMPARED WITH OTHER SANITARY DISTRICTS.
13. Plumstead has a lower death-rate than any of the large
towns except Croydon, and a lower infantile death-rate than
any without exception.
14. Compared with the forty-three sanitary districts of the
Metropolis, Plumstead came sixth in order as regards the
general death-rate, Hampstead, Lewisham, St. George's Hanover
Square, Lee and Wandsworth having lower rates.
As regards the infantile death-rate, Plumstead has the lowest
rate of all (See Table VII.)
15. There were 582 notifications of infectious disease compared
with 886, 713, 762 and 631 in four preceding years. Of
these 325 went to Hospital, compared with 316 last year.
During a period of about ten weeks in the early autumn there
was considerable delay in getting patients removed to Hospital,
but the rest of the year removal was promptly executed.
The new Park Hospital, Lewisham, was opened in October,
after which the difficulty of getting patients away diminished.
During the first half of the year there was remarkably little
infectious disease of any kind.
16. There were no cases of Small Pox compared with three
17. There were 372 cases of Scarlet Fever compared with