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]
The deaths from phthisis in the administrative county of London during 1896 numbered 7,586. The death rates of this disease per 1,000 living in the registration county of London in successive periods have been as follows —
The Registrar-General in the annual summaries for 1895 and 1896 relatingto London has distributed
the deaths from phthisis occurring in public institutions belonging to London to the sanitary districts to
which they belong, and it is therefore possible to compare the phthisis death rates of the various
The death rates in the several groups of districts were in 1895 and 1896, as follows—
The following table shows the number of deaths from phthisis, and the death rate per 1,000 living in the various sanitary districts in 1896—
|Sanitary district.||Deaths, 1896.||Death rate per 1,000 living, 1896.||Sanitary district.||Deaths, 1896.||Death rate per 1,000 living, 1896.|
|St. George, Hanover-sq.||104||1.28||Poplar||302||1.75|
|Westminster||122||2.24||St. Saviour, Southwark||80||3.11|
|St. James||44||1.89||St. George, Southwark||165||2.69|
|London, City of||51||1.60||Plumstead||82||1.35|
It will thus be seen that the death rate from phthisis in the several sanitary districts varied
between 3.24 (Holborn) and 0.82 (Stoke Newington).
The medical officer of health of Plumstead reports that the sanitary authority has undertaken to
supply disinfectants to be used in connection with cases of phthisis, and to disinfect rooms after the
removal or death of a person who has suffered from this disease.
The deaths from cancer in the registration county of London in 1896, numbered 3,864, the
average for the preceding 16 years being 3,381.
The death rates of this disease per 1,000 living in successive periods have been as follows_
In my last report I stated that under the Factory and Workshops Act, 1895, notice of every case
of anthrax occurring in a factory or workshop is required to be sent to the chief inspector of factories at
1 See footnote (2), page 8.
2 See footnote (1), page 7.