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Lambeth 1966

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Lambeth Borough]

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There were no deaths during the year from diphtheria, whooping cough,
poliomyelitis or measles.
The number of people taking their own lives increased from 50 in 1965 to 67
during the year under review, and three deaths occurred from homicide.
Motor vehicle accidents accounted for 51 deaths, an increase of 3 on the
figure for 1965.
There were three maternal deaths compared with four in 1965.
Forty per cent of all deaths, 553 males and 983 females, were persons aged
75 years or over.
Fewer infants died before reaching one year of age, 153 compared with 175 in
1965, giving a reduced infantile mortality rate of 20.8 per 1,000 live births.
The mortality rate for the Borough, however, is slightly higher than that for
England and Wales which at 19.0 per 1,000 live births is one of the lowest recorded
in the country.
Ninety nine of the infants died before reaching the age of four weeks, giving
a neo-natal mortality rate of 13.4 per 1,000 live births compared with 12.9 for
England and Wales.

The causes of death fall into the undermentioned categories

Cause of DeathMaleFemaleTotal
Malignant and lymphatic Neoplasms.11
Vascular lesions of Nervous System-11
Other circulatory disease-11
Gastritis, enteritis, diarrhoea314
Congenital malformations151429
Other defined and ill-defined diseases493483
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