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St Mary (Battersea) 1890

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Battersea]

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Table II. exhibits the numbers of births and deaths during
each quarter of 1889, with other particulars, shewing the
incidence of zymotic diseases during the various seasons and
other information of similar character.


East Batteksea 1889BirthsDeathsDeathsSmall PoxMeaslesScarlet FeverDiphtheriaWhooping CoughFeverDiarrhoeaCholeraViolenceInquestsPublic Institutions
Under 1 Year.Above 60 Years
1st Quarter6312687245......44921...710...
2nd Quarter6041958128...2172252814...
3rd Quarter5651967325...7432...7...1317...
4th Quarter6112248251...29133...3...814...
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Mortality. The total mortality in East Battersea during 1889
was 883, the details of which will be found in Table III, which
shews the deaths from each class of disease, the sex, mortality,
age grouping at the time of death, and the social position of the
deceased as deposed to by the informants at the time of
The eight hundred and eighty-three deaths upon the
officially assumed population for the year would give the
extremely low rate of 11.25 per thousand. Many causes have
contributed to this result; the very small zymotic mortality
being probably the most prominent, a result upon which the
Local Sanitary Authority may be congratulated as the measures
they have energetically and persistently carried out for the
purpose of averting all pveventible diseases from the inhabitants
of the district have been rewarded by conspicuous success;
with the absolute certainty that those measures have been the
means of preventing or arresting other diseases not usually
included in the category of infectious diseases, but equally
affected by general sanitation and improved conditions of

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