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Acton 1906

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Acton]

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A great deal has been written to the effect that its population
is the most valuable asset of a country. Whether it be so or not
depends on the character of the population, and if the diminished
birth-rate were operating in the proper quarter it would possibly be
a sign to welcome and not to regret.

The births have been allocated amongst the wards this year for the first time, and the following table gives the number, and rate per 1,000 livine. in each ward:—

Number.Rate per 1,000.
Rate per1,000...13.2
Rate per1,000 inEngland and Wales15.4
Rate per1,000 in76 large towns16.
Rate per1,000 in142 smaller towns14.4
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The total number of deaths registered in the district was 597,
but certain corrections have to be made in order to obtain the exact
number of deaths belonging to the district. On Table I. instructions
are given concerning the corrections which should be made before
arriving at the net number of deaths belonging to the district. The
first correction is the subtraction of the deaths of non-residents from
the total registered in the district. By the term "non-resident" is
meant persons brought into the district on account of sickness or
infirmity or accident and dying in public institutions here.
Seven non-residents died in the district. One of these died
of Diphtheria at the Fever Hospital and belonged to Hendon. Six
non-residents sustained fatal accidents in the district—four on the
railway, and two were run over in the street.
The second correction which has to be made is the addition
to the total of the deaths of "residents," registered in public institutions
beyond the district.

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