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Hendon 1898

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Hendon]

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diarrhoea epidemic in the summer, resulting in 12 deaths, the
deaths—73 in number—were pretty evenly distributed under the
different headings, as will be seen by looking at Table A.
At Child's Hill 55 deaths occurred, as against 86 in 1897; of
this number 7 died from diarrhoea and 10 from diseases of the
respiratory organs, which is an unusually high number when it is
considered that as many deaths from this cause occurred in
Child's Hill as in Central Hendon, West Hendon and Cricklewood
together, which comprise a district having a population four times
as great as Child's Hill.
In Cricklewood,27 deaths occurred, as against 36 in 1897, and
are mainly accounted for by 6 from diarrhoea, 5 from marasmus,
and 5 from diseases of the respiratory organs. This part of the
parish has been particularly free from disease during the year,
In Mill Hill 30 deaths occurred, being 9 more than in 1897.
In former years St. Vincent's Orphanage was included, but this
institutiou is now taken separately. Of this number 5 died from
cancer and 3 from measles, the remaining deaths being fairly distributed
over the list.
At Burnt Oak only 8 deaths occurred, and at Temple
Fortune 5.
At St. Vincent's Orphanage, Mill Hill, 12 deaths occurred,
a high number when it is considered that the average number is
about tw o hundred. The children at this institution are in the
majority of cases feeble, debilitated, and tubercular when
admitted, and very often are taken from the London streets to
the Orphanage until their healths are improved, and after a stay
o" a year or two, may-be, return. Under these circumstances I
think that these inmates cannot rightly be classed as residents,
and I therefore take them separately.
At the Infirmary 116 deaths took place, as against 96 in