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West Ham 1945

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for West Ham]

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SUMMARY OF VITAL STATISTICS, 1945

Area of Borough4,689 acres
19451944
Population (R.G.'s mid-year estimate)135,260128,620
Live births—legitimate2,6962,609
Live births—illegitimate229185
—2,925— 2,794
Birth rate (per 1,000 population)21.621.7
Stillbirths—legitimate6653
Stillbirths—illegitimate67
-72— 60
Stillbirth rate (per 1,000 total live and stillbirths)2421
Number of deaths2,0521,869
Death rate (per 1,000 population)15.214.5
Deaths of infants under one year112120
Infantile mortality rate (deaths per 1,000 live births)3843
Maternal deaths:
Puerperal sepsis11
Other causes53
Total maternal deaths64
Maternal death rate (per 1,000 live births)2.051.43
Maternal death rate (per 1,000 live and stillbirths)2.001.40
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VARIOUS DISEASES: Cases and deaths.

CasesCase rate per 1,000 pop.DeathsDeath rate per 1,000 pop.
Smallpox---
Scarlet fever3822.83l0.007
Diphtheria1330.9820.01
Enteric fever10.007--
Measles2,40317.7740.03
Whooping cough1310.9710.007
Diarrhoea and enteritis under 2 years (rate per 1,000 live births)--217.18
Pneumonia:
Acute primary and influenzal1791.32--
All forms-800.59
Bronchitis-1671.23
Pulmonary tuberculosis1781.321070.79
Other forms of tuberculosis340.25150.11
Cancer-2842.11
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