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

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Harrow 1948

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Harrow]

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In general, the ages of death of those who succumb to sarcoma are
lower than those dying from cancer. Nevertheless, although cancer is
typically a disease occurring more in the elderly, the young do not escape
entirely. The youngest to die from cancer of the stomach was a man of
32 ; of a lesion of the large intestine a man of 30 ; of the lungs a man of
31 ; while a woman of 32 died from cancer of the breast.
Deaths from Infectious Diseases. The number of local deaths
from the various infections compared favourably with the rates of the
country as a whole, the rates per 1,000 population for whooping cough
of under 0.01, for tuberculosis 0.41, and influenza under 0.02, all being
lower than the corresponding national rates of 0.02, 0.51 and 0.03. The
death rate from enteritis and diarrhoea in those under two years of age
at 2.8 per 1,000 total births was lower than the rate of 3.3 for England
and Wales.