London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

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Finchley 1895

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Finchley]

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Zymotic Mortality.—Included in the Zymotic Mortality
are the Deaths from the seven principal Zymotic Diseases, viz.:
small-pox, measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria, whooping cough,
"fever" (including typhoid fever, typhus fever, and simple
continued fever), and diarrhœa. It affords an excellent
criterion of the healthiness of the District, and to the efficiency
of its sanitary administration.
In Table A4 the Zymotic rate of previous years can be
compared with that of the past year (1.36), and in Table A5 the
Zymotic rate and the rates for each of the diseases comprising it
it are given, along with the similar rates of England and Wales,
the 33 great towns, and London generally. As was the case
last year, the comparison is very unfavourable to the Finchley
District, in so far as the rate of mortality from whooping cough
is concerned. The death-rate from typhoid fever is slightly
above that of London, though it is below the rate for the country
generally; but with these two exceptions the comparison is very
The general Zymotic death-rate is lower than it has been
since 1891, and with the exception of that year I believe it is the
lowest on record.

Table A4.

The Principal Vital Statistics of the Finchley District tor the Decennia 1871—80, and 1881—90, and for the past 5 Years.

Years.Birth-rateRecorded Death-rate.Death to Birth-rate *Rate of Infantile MortalityZymotic Death-rate.
Mean of 1871-8032.115.347%1182.13
Do. of 1881-9032.212.639%1001.60
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* The ratio which the total deaths form to the total births. A useful
rate, first suggested by Dr. Turle.

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