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Walthamstow 1910

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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The deaths of children under 1 year of age to total births are greater
than in 1909, but were not more than 95 per 1,000 born, a number less
than that for rural England.
An infantile mortality rate of 100 was a few years ago looked upon as
an object to be achieved, and I have already drawn your attention to
my remarks under this heading.
For our lessened birth-rate I have no apology to make or explanation
to give. In this connection the non-increase of illegitimates is a
remarkable fact.
The following tabular statement taken from the Registrar General's
Fourth Quarterly Report, gives the data for the foregoing comparisons
and remarks :—

Birth-Rate, Death-Rate, and Analysis of Mortality in igio.

-Annual Rate per 1,000 Living.Deaths under one year to 1,000 Births.
BirthsDeath-rate.Principal Epidemic Diseases Cols. 4-10.Small-Pox.Measles.Scarlet Fever.Diphtheria.Whooping Cough.Fever.Diarrhoea.
England and Wales24.813.413.40.99o.oo0.
77 Great Towns25.013.414.31.23o.oo0.310.
136 Smaller Towns23.712.412.90.88o.oo0160.
England and Wales less the 213 Towns25.013.612.80.74o.oo0
Walthamstow '1022.
„ 190924.668.89.30.98o.oo0.

Closely associated with the death-rates and largely influencing them
is the prevalence or absence of the dangerous Infectious Diseases.
During the year we not only had fewer cases relatively to population,
but we actually received fewer notifications than in any previous year
1890 and 1891 excepted.
The decline in number was most marked for Scarlatina and
Diphtheria and in consequence the Sanatorium was half empty during
the Summer and Autumn months.