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Clerkenwell 1858

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Clerkenwell, St James & St John]

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The total number of deaths from Zymotic diseases, amounts (according
to the old arrangement) to 336; that for 1857, being 348.
The deaths from the principal zymotic diseases, were 285, against
295 in 1857, and 244 in 1856. These deaths are tabulated below,
according to the respective years.

1st Quarter.3112821155
2nd ,,318111521665
3rd „6164381579
4th „33171021046
1st Quarter.2953521063
2nd „1861641357
3rd „271610491195
4th „2171523101380
1st Quarter.1106285555
3rd „11120334776
4th „33837151111115
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656 deaths occured in infants and children under 5 years of age ; in
1857, the number was 663. 336 deaths took place at and above 60
years of age, including 47 at and above 80 ; 290 deaths arose from the
Consumptive class of disease ; 224 deaths arose from diseases of the
pulmonary organs ; 214 deaths occured in the workhouse.
These are the principal data in the mortality, to which I shall direct
your principal attention ; the remainder will be found in the Tables at
the end of the Report.
It is interesting to find that the number of deaths from Zymotic diseases
is less than last year- Deducting the number of deaths at and
above 60, from (he total number of deaths, the Zymotic diseases amount
to nearly 1/4th of the remainder.
The short history of these diseases is, that some arise from infection
or contagion, whilst others are generated amidst dirt, filth, and foul

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