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Surbiton 1896

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Surbiton]

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Of these 123 deaths, 58 are males, and 65 females. 29
were 70 and upwards, and 19 were under one year of age.
There died of phthisis, 8; of other respiratory diseases, 13;
of heart disease, 16; of cancer, 5; of violence, 6. There
were eight inquests.
Causes of Death
The births were 199, and of these 100 were boys and
99 girls. The birth rate is therefore 19.1 per thousand.
The deaths of infants, children under one year of age, were
in the ratio of 95.4 per thousand births registered.
The following are some particulars respecting the
various diseases of the Zymotic group:—
No case of this disease reported.
Small pox.
Three cases of this disease were notified, and all
recovered. As is generally the case, these appeared in the
autumn. In two of the cases, the patients were either
employed or partially resident in London, and on inspection
nothing was found or known to be wrong in the houses, so
that the probability is the disease was contracted elsewhere.
The third case, and of which the diagnosis was for some
time doubtful, was that of a man living at home, but here
nothing wrong in drainage or water supply could be found,
or in fact any trace as to causation. In addition to these
there was the case of a female employed at a house in
Victoria Road. She went to Newcastle on the 18th July
and returned on the 4th August. On the 20th she became
ill and went to her home in Middlesex, and there her illness
was diagnosed on the 26th as Typhoid. The Sanitary
Inspector examined the premises and found them in an
insanitary condition. This house with adjoining ones
having combined drains, were re-drained. It is a matter of
uncertainty of course whether the disease was contracted
when on her visit to the North or on her return home.
Enteric Fever.