Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Wandsworth District, The Board of Works (Clapham, Putney, Streatham, Tooting & Wandsworth)]
more important epidemic diseases to deaths from all causes,
as well as to the sex, ages and social positions of the
deceased persons, the succeeding tables should be consulted.
It should be remarked with reference to the above table
that the marriages in the past year were more in number
than in 1872 by 21, that the deaths have decreased in the
two years from 482 to 475, being 7 less in favour of
the year under review, and that the excess of births over
deaths was much larger in the past than in the previous
year in the proportion of 454 to 376. But it is in the
fatal cases of the seven principal Zymotic diseases that the
greatest difference is shown, for it will be observed by a
reference to the following table that there occurred from
these diseases fewer deaths by 63 in 1873 than in 1872,
and fewer than the average of the previous ten years by
upwards of 40.
Table showing the number of deaths from the seven principal epidemics during 1873, and in the ten preceding years 1863—72.