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Lambeth 1896

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Lambeth, The Vestry of the Parish of]

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Examining more carefully the statistics for Lambeth it is
found that in both diseases the Inner Districts have suffered
more severely than the Outer Districts—in whooping cough
the ratio being as 3 to 1; in measles as 4.5 to 1. These results
were to be expected, considering the more insanitary
and the more crowded the dwellings, and the poorer the
inhabitants, of the former compared with the latter districts.
The Table on page 32 shows the seasonal mortality
incidences of these two diseases—whooping cough at its
height in the second, and measles in the first, quarter of the
year. An epidemic of measles commenced at the end of
1895, raged through the first and second quarters of 1896,
and gradually subsided to the small number of only 4 deaths
during the fourth quaiter; whilst whooping cough was
sub-epidemic during 1895 and 1896.