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Islington 1861

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

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FOR JULY, 1861.
No. LII.
The indices by which we judge of the state of the public health are
the returns of death in the parish at large, and of sickness in certain
large classes of the population. The Tables both of sickness and
mortality, present then an unusually favourable account for the month
of July. The number of deaths registered was 196. The mean
mortality of July in five previous years, augmented by one-sixth for
an increase of population, is 234. The total cases of sickness from all
causes, as entered in the books of the parochial surgeons, has also been
smaller than in any July for the last five years.
Bowel complaints which never fail to occur at this season, have
hitherto not been as rife as usual. The infant deaths from this cause
were 28, the corrected average for July being 34. Hooping-cough
also under the influence of the warm weather, appears to be
diminishing in prevalence.

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