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St Mary (Battersea) 1890

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Battersea]

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health standard. It will, however, be noted upon reference to
Table VI that the deaths so registered, seven hundred and fortythree,
are smaller in number than during any of the ten
preceding years. The real decrease is of course greater than
appears from these figures, as the population has probably
increased considerably during the decade. It will be observed
that these diseases exhibit much the same relative proportions;
with perhaps the exception of deaths registered from premature
birth, many of which were formally registered as stillborn; but
in compliance with more stringent legal regulations are now
registered if having an independent existence, if that be but for
a few hours or minutes.

Comparative Table of Deaths from Non-Zymotic Diseases forIIyears,1879-89.

Nervous System, Brain. &c.97110128112119128104120121107100
Circulatory, Heart, &c3828534744535155374746
Generative including Parturition24739473536
Locomotory, Bones, &c31...2...4321......
Prematu e Birth55696763741168211410296107
Uncertain Seat, Cancer, Syphilis. Dropsy, &c.2112271522253638212532
Old Age2022141821192225213223
Not Specified1712111424945.........

There can be no doubt that the Sanitary measures which
have lowered the mortality from Zymotic Disease have lessened
the incidence of the so called Non-Zymotic Diseases, many of
which are governed by the same laws as those of the infectious
kind, although the connexion between the two classes may not