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Islington 1861

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

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REPORT
on the
SANITARY CONDITION OF SAINT MARY, ISLINGTON
FOR FEBRUARY, 1861.
No. XLVII.
The mortality of the parish during the four weeks terminating on
the 23rd of February, was 241, a diminution by 90 deaths from
that during the preceding month. The uncorrected mean of the
corresponding four weeks, during the four previous years, is 221. The
deaths then cannot be regarded as much in excess.
Hooping-cough and fever have been less fatal, and fewer deaths
have been referred to diseases of heart and lungs. The deaths of
young persons have fallen from 148 to 108, and of those over 60 years
from 94 to 57. The mortality from scarlet fever has slightly increased.
One death has been registered as the result of choleraic diarrhoea.
A person in "independent" circumstances died in St. Paul's Road
at the age of 102. He was born in Liverpool, served when a young
man in the Navy, and had resided in Islington and its neighbourhood
for about 30 years. The age can be authenticated. His family has
been remarkable for longevity: his grandmother died at the age of
103J, and his brother at 98 years.
EDWARD BALLARD, M.D.,
Medical Officer of Health,
Vestry Offices,
March 8th, 1861.


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