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 death-rates in London and England and Wales in recent years are shown in the following table:—
|England and Wales||0.03||0. 02||0 .03||0.02||0.01||0.01||0.02||0.02||0.01||0.01||0.02|
Notifications of diphtheria numbered 11,782 in 1934 (52 weeks), compared with
9,557 in 1933. This gives an attack-rate of 2.8 per thousand as against 2.2 in the
preceding year. There were 481 deaths, giving a death-rate of .11 per thousand
living. The case-mortality was 3.9 per cent., compared with 3.8 per cent, in 1933.
The seasonal incidence, as shown by the notifications (uncorrected for errors of diagnosis) received in successive four.weekly periods during the year was as follows:—
The notifications (uncorrected for errors in diagnosis), deaths and crude case-mortality during 1934 were as follows:—
|Notifications (52 weeks)||208||560||848||1,105||1,215||1,357||1,172||839||692||515||1,571||1,700||11,782|
|Deaths (365 days)||13||47||44||62||66||58||55||41||21||18||35||21||481|
|Crude case.mortality percentage||6.25||8.39||5.19||5.61||5.43||4.27||4.69||4.89||3.03||3.50||2.23||1.24||4.08|
The death.rates in London and England and Wales in recent years are shown in the following table:—
|England and Wales||0.07||0.06||0.07||0.08||0.07||0.08||0.09||0.09||0.07||0.06||0.07|
Diarrhoea and enteritis caused 728 deaths among children under two years of
age or 12.80 per thousand births. The corresponding rate in 1933 was 11.74.
There were 254 notifications of puerperal fever and 758 notifications of puerperal
pyrexia in 1934 (52 weeks) compared with 255 and 838, respectively, in 1933 (52 weeks).
The deaths from puerperal fever numbered 76 and from other puerperal causes
83, the deaths per 1,000 live-births being 1.34 and 1.46 respectively, giving a total
maternal mortality rate of 2.80 compared with 3.66 in 1933.
The deaths from puerperal fever and other puerperal causes per thousand
births in each metropolitan borough and in the county of London in the periods 1920