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St Pancras 1910

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for St. Pancras, London, Borough of]

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month. When once breast-feeding is established it can generally be maintained
if due attention be paid to the mother's health, so that there is hope that by
advice, instruction, and assistance the infants of Somers Town may be breastfed
for six months in 85 per cent. of cases, and probably ultimately 9 out of 10
infants will be breast-fed until the early signs of teething.
In his Annual Report for the year 1909 the Medical Officer of Health of the
London County Council shows, on page 22, that in 1909, as compared with 1905,
the greatest decrease in infantile mortality was in the sixth and seventh month
of age—that is, from over five to under seven months. On page 24 he further
shows that during the five years the age incidence curve of diarrhceal diseases
rose to a maximum in the fourth month and thereafter progressively declined.
These indications point to the probable further decrease in mortality obtainable
by the delay of weaning until teething.

ST. PANCRAS, WARD VI.—SOMERS TOWN. (Consisting of Sub-Divisions Oakley and Ossulston.)

Births occurring during 1908 in Ward 6677
Of these "Removed" or "Not Known" at primary visit69
,, Removed at final visit at 12 months184
,, Dying during the first year68
,, Surviving the first year356
Of the 356 Infants surviving the first year particulars were obtained of350
,, 68 „ dying during ,, ,, ,,64
Total Infants414