SANITARY CONDITION OF SAINT MARY, ISLINGTON
FOR MARCH, 1861.
The public health in Islington during the past month, as measured
by the registered mortality, has been satisfactory. The deaths have
been 260, six below the un-corrected mean of the previous four years.
They have also been 41 less than they would have been at the rate of
mortality observed in February. The diminution is observable
especially in the zymotic maladies, and in diseases of the organs of
respiration. Of the former, hooping-cough alone has continued
unusually prevalent, having occasioned 25 deaths, the mean mortality
for four years being 13.
In No. 23 of these reports I recorded the death of a man from
"starvation," in Adelaide Square. Another entry of a similar
character has been made by the Registrar, viz., "on February 15, at
10, Adelaide Square, son of a domestic servant, aged 2 years and
9 months. Inflammation of the lungs and want of sufficient
nourishment and medical aid." The neglected condition of this
miserable place is a standing disgrace to its proprietors and a reproach
to sanitary legislation.
Eight cases of small-pox have occurred in the practice of the
Parochial Medical Officers and of the Dispensaries.
EDWARD BALLARD, M.D.,
Medical Officer of Health.
April 8th, 1861.