Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for St. Martin-in-the-Fields]
Ages at Death.
Of the 408 deaths, 74 occurred under 1 year, 72
from 1 to 5 years, 34 from 5 to 20 years, 28 from
20 to 40 years, 98 from 40 to 60 years, 49 from 60
to 80 years, and 3 above 80 years.
Causes of Death.
Zymotic Diseases.—The sevcu principal Zymotic
Diseases, the diseases most influenced by sanitation,
caused 56 deaths, inclusive of those which occurred
in the Charing Cross Hospital. This number is 7 in
excess of the previous year. This increase is due in
a great measure to the preponderance of deaths from
measles. The deaths from this disease in the
Parish were greatly in excess of former years.
Smallpox.—No death from this disease occurred
in the Parish, but a case in a young child was removed
from the Peabody Buildings to the Stockwell
Smallpox Hospital where it died. The Relieving
Officer reports 3 cases sent to the Smallpox Hospitals,
the little child reported above being one of
the number. In London 134 deaths occurred from
this malady in the year 1883.
Measles.—There were 27 deaths from this disease,
an excessively high number.
The following Table gives the number of Deaths occurring in each month of the year:—