London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

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Walthamstow 1909

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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All the deaths registered were certified by a doctor or the coroner,
that of a male child aged 8 months, returned as dying from Bronchitis,
The deaths represent a crude death-rate of 8'8, or a corrected rate
for differences of age and sex in the population, as compared with the
whole country, of 9.3 per 1,000 of the estimated population.
The death-rate for England and Wales was 14.5, and for the "76
Great Towns" 15.6.
The death-rate for the "143 Smaller Towns" was 14.5, and excluding
these and the Great Towns the rate for the country was 13.6.
Our death-rate is based on a like assumption for other towns as to
increase of their population since the last Census, and, taking into
account the 101 deaths already mentioned as unaccounted for, our
death-rate is 3.6 less than Rural England, 4.5 less than the " 143 Smaller
Towns," 5.6 less than the "76 Great Towns," and 4.5 less than that of
the country as a whole.
The birth, death, and infantile mortality rates of the following
districts of the outer zone of London, compared with your own, will be
of interest. The localities are selected as presenting many features in
common; Croydon. Willesden and Hornsey being the most favoured

from their position and economic conditions. The others are more nearly like Walthamstow, and represent working-class districts that serve mainly as "dormitories" for London's workers.

Population.Birth- Rate.Death-rate.Infantile Mortality rate or Proportion of Deaths of Children under one year to 1,000 Births
West Ham321,76727.114.0123.9
East Ham149,57523.59.899.7 ,