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 following table shows that the London death rate from the first six of these principal
epidemic diseases, viz., smallpox, measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough and fever
was, in 1891-1900, higher than that of any of these towns except St. Petersburg, and in 1901 was
higher than that of any except St. Petersburg and New York.
The death rates from the principal epidemic diseases in the several metropolitan boroughs in 1901 are shown in the following table—
|Metropolitan borough.||Deaths in 1901.||Death rate per 1,000 living.||Metropolitan borough.||Deaths in 1901.||Death rate per 1,000 living.|
|Westminster, City of||245||1.34||Bermondsey||377||2.90|
|London, City of||28||1.06|
The eastern group of districts had the highest mortality from the principal epidemic
diseases in 1901, viz., 2.82 per 1,000 living, and the northern groups the lowest (1.95). Among
the metropolitan boroughs, Poplar had the highest death rate (3.04) and Hampstead the lowest
Smallpox and Vaccination.
The deaths from smallpox in the administrative county of London numbered 229 in 1901,
and 4 deaths were attributed to cownox and effects of vaccination.
The death rates from smallpox in successive periods have been as follows—
|Period.||Smallpox death rate per 1,000 living.||Period.||Smallpox death rate per 1,000 living.|
In this table where — is inserted no deaths occurred.
1 See footnote (1), page 9. * See footnote 2'), page 9.