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Walthamstow 1909

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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Names of Diseases.Whole District.Wards, 1909.
Deaths, 1909.Deaths, 1908.Increase + Decrease -St. James Street.High Street.Hoe Street.Wood Street.Northern.
Membranous Croup )
Typhoid213- 1111
Erysipelas75+ 212211
Puerperal Fever5- 5--

The deaths from these diseases in previous years were—71 in 1907 ;
96 in 1906 ; 60 in 1905 ; 65 in 1904 ; 55 in 1903 ; 72 in 1902 ; 74 in
1901; 103 in 1900 ; and 104 in 1899.
The death-rates from these diseases vary considerably in the different
The mortality in St. James Street Ward is very noticeable and
contrasts favourably with that prevailing in previous years, and with
the other Wards in 1909.
The deaths from Diphtheria, though few, are in excess of what really
might have been if the precautionary measures advised in previous
reports were adopted.
Under the Factory and Workshops Act, 19ol, section 73, "every
medical practitioner attending or called in to visit a patient whom he
believes to be suffering from Lead, Phosphorus, Arsenical or Mercurial
poisoning, or Anthrax, contracted in any factory or workshop, shall
notify the fact to His Majesty's Chief Inspector of Factories."