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Kingston upon Thames 1894

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Kingston-upon-Thames]

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end of the town and only one case, a soldier invalided
from abroad, on the higher part of the Hill Ward.
There were 11 cases in the Canbury district and 5 in
Norbiton near the Cambridge Asylum. In seven
cases death took place in the Workhouse.
Much the same incidence is shown for other
Lung diseases such as Pneumonia, Pleurisy and
Bronchitis All show that, proportionally for the
population, in the neighbourhood of the Hogg's Mill
Stream there is a preponderance of lung disease.
In Surbiton 6 deaths, New Maiden 3, Ham 1,
Kingston Rural 3.
Unquestionably the wealthier sufferers from this
complaint leave the neighbourhood for more
genial climes, whence unfortunately they in many
cases never return. This will account for the small
number of deaths from this disease in Surbiton.
The other places bear a fair proportion to Kingston.
Eight Surbiton, 3 Ham, 2 New Maiden, 1
Kingston Rural, 12 cases in Kingston.
This disease shows a higher rate in all the other
districts than in Kingston. The reason for this is
not very apparent as the death rates at the more
advanced ages do not vary much in the different
The deaths for the various diseases have been
compared with the deaths in Surbiton and other
districts, and it has been shown that the apparent
greater healthiness of Surbiton depends upon
accidental causes in the majority of cases. There is,
however, one cause of death which is usually
attributed to bad sanitation, and that is Typhoid
Fever. In this case Kingston compares very
favourably with all the other districts.