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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 mortality table and other sanitary statistics of
this rapidly growing division of the parish are of great interest
on the present occasion. From the character of
of the population which inhabits the locality, chiefly consisting
of labouring men of various descriptions, employed
by the great Eailway, Gas, Water, and other Companies,
and at various factories, together with the tradespeople
who supply this mass of human beings with the necessaries
of life, a somewhat high rate of mortality, equal to,
if not exceeding, that of the population of London generally,
might have been reasonably anticipated.
It is to be hoped that the publication of these
statistics may tend to dissipate the erroneous prejudices
as to the unhealthiness of the parish which have so long
prevailed amongst those unacquainted with the actual