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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Other Diseases. —Of non-Zymotic diseases those of
the "Tubercular" class claim the first notice, and will be
found to have proved fatal in seven more instances than
in 1872. Diseases of the Brain and Nerves resulted in
death in eight less cases, of the Heart in five more cases,
and of the Respiratory Organs in seven instances beyond
the number recorded in the last Report.
The 12 deaths from all causes over the number
recorded in 1872, is not more than would naturally occur
in a population increased to the extent above stated, but
the death rate, I am sorry to say, is still high for a Subdistrict
that in a long succession of years down to 1872
had shown such very favourable statistics in respect to its
The great excess of mortality recorded in 1872, can
scarcely be accounted for except on the score of climatic
influences, but there can be entertained but little doubt
(whatever may have been the cause) that the favourable
sanitary status of the Sub-district will eventually be
fully restored.