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Harrow 1918

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Harrow-on-the-Hill]

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Deaths:—The total number of deaths during the year
was 171, viz., 76 males, and 95 females. This gives a crude
death rate of 97. The corrected death rate (i.e. the crude
death rate multiplied by the Registrar General's factor for
correction, viz., 1.0655 is therefore 10.3. The corresponding
death rate for 1917 was 11. This figure for England and
Wales in 1918 was 17.6 and for the 148 smaller towns 16.1
The causes of death are set out in the following table :


Whooping cough2Pneumonia (all forms86
Diptheria and Croup12Other respiratory diseases1
Influenza1317Diarrhoea under 2 years1
Pulmonary Tuberculosis105Appendicitis & typhlitis12
Other tuberculous diseases11Nephritis and Bright's disease14
Organic Heart Disease67Parturition (apart from Puerperal fever)1
Bronchitis. 53
Congenital debility3
Violence (apart from suicide)11
Other defined diseases1724

Infantile Death Rate:—Of the 217 children born 7
died under one year of age. This gives an infant mortality
rate of 32.2 per thousand born. The rate in 1917 was 59. In
1918 the rate for England and Wales was 97, and for thei.4.8
smaller towns 94.
The work of the Health Visitors increases year by year.
The attendance at the Baby Clinic held at the Wesleyan
Schoolrooms on Tuesday afternoons proved so large that it
became impossible to cope with it, and it is proposed to hold
two sessions weekly in future commencing January, 1919.
It was with great regret that Dr. Brady's resignation was
received. As M.O. of the Clinic she had won the implicit
confidence of the mothers. Her place has been filled by Dr.
Doherty, of Queen Charlotte's Hospital.