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 London County Council]
|Corrected annual average 1886-95.||1896.|
|Diseases of organs of special sense||150||190|
|Diseases of the Digestive system,||4,950||5,238|
|„ „ Generative „||547||560|
|„ „ Locomotive ,,||359||256|
|,, „ Integumentary system||308||286|
|Violence (other than accident)||527||503|
Principal Zymotic Diseases.
The number of deaths in the administrative county of London from the principal zymotic
diseases, viz., smallpox, measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough, typhus, enteric and illdefined
fevers, and diarrhoea during 1896 was 14,028 giving an annual death rate of 3.11 per 1,000
living compared with 2.62 in 1895, 265 in 1894, 3.04 in 1893, 2.80 in 1892 and 2.27 in 1891.
It will be seen from the following table that London, in the period 1886-95, had a higher
death rate from the principal zymotic diseases than any of the undermentioned towns except
Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Salford and West Ham, and in 1895 a higher
death rate than any except Manchester, Birmingham, Hull and Salford.
The following table shows that the London death rate from the first six of these principal
zymotic diseases, viz., smallpox, measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough, and fever was in
1886-95 higher than that of Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin and Vienna, and in 1896 was only
exceeded by that of St. Petersburg.
2 See footnote (2), page 8.