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Islington 1861

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Islington, Parish of St Mary]

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males, aged respectively 80, 82, 83 and 84; all the rest, those above 84,
being females, mostly widows, none having husbands living. The
registered deaths from respiratory diseases (bronchitis, pneumonia, and
asthma) amounted to 90, the mean of the four previous years being
62; of these 59 were over 40 years of age. There were in addition
24 deaths from diseases of the heart, which are almost constantly
attended with pulmonary complications. Thirteen deaths from apoplexy
and paralysis, and altogether 39 from diseases affecting the
nervous system were registered.
Hooping cough was fatal to 27 young children. Seventy-three cases
of this affection were entered on the books of the Parochial Surgeons
and two Dispensaries ; the weekly numbers being 22, 11, 15 and 25.
Two more cases of typhoid fever have arisen in the family occupying
The Lodge in Highbury-place, one of them fatal: out of eight persons
therefore in this family, seven have been attacked, and two have died.
The family is at last removing, and there could now, I imagine, be no
difficulty in taking proceedings, under the 13th section of the Nuisances
Removal Act, to obtain a prohibition of the re-occupation of the
dwelling.
EDWARD BALLARD, M.D.,
Medical Officer of Health
Vestry Offices,
February 5TH, 1861.


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