London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

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Wandsworth 1873

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Wandsworth District, The Board of Works (Clapham, Putney, Streatham, Tooting & Wandsworth)]

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The estimated increase of population for the year,
3,441, is made up partly by this natural increase of 1,352,
and partly by immigration into the parish from other
Ages at Death.—There were registered throughout
the parish in 1873, no fewer than 407 deaths of infants
under one year of age, or nearly one-third of the total
mortality at all ages. Of these infants 246 died of
Tubercular disease, including diseases of the Brain and
Respiratory Organs. Premature birth was the cause of
death in 53 instances and Zymotic diseases in 84 others.

Of aged persons dying at 70 years of age and upwards, there were registered 129, as shown in the following table:—


Five persons exceeded the age of 90 years,— one a
male dying at 95, the other four were females, two of
whom attained respectively 92 and 94 years, and the
remaining two reached the great age of 98 years.
Fourteen of the males and sixteen of the females
who died at 70 years of age and upwards were inmates of
the Workhouse at the time of death.
Zymotic Diseases.—The diseases of this class, which
are also very properly termed preventable, continue to
decline in number year by year as sanitary laws are better
understood and more generally acted upon.