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Finchley 1903

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Finchley]

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Phthisis and other Tubercular Diseases, and Diseases of the
Respiratory Organs: and an increase in the deaths from
Cancer, Premature Births, Senile Decay and Accidents. The
increase in the mortality from Whooping Cough is due to a
severe and general outbreak of the disease over the Districts
of North Finchlev and Whetstone.
The Public Institutions within the District furnished
16 deaths, as follows:—


ist Quarter.2nd Quarter.3rd Quarter.4th Quarter.Totals.
Convent of the Good Shepherd4l....5
Woodside Home1..236
Home for Homeless Babies....123
Convalescent Home. East Finchley1....12
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Fifteen of these deaths were of persons who came to
Finchley from other districts, and who were non-parishioners;
they have not, therefore, been reckoned with in estimating
the Finchley Death-rate.
The Causes of Infantile Mortality are set forth in
Table A3. Most of these causes are greatly affected by
wholesome surroundings and a proper observance of the laws
of health—as they apply to infants. The lack of intelligent
parental control, which is responsible for so much infantile
mortality, is seen to be mainly reflected in the number of
deaths from Diseases of the Respiratory Organs,

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