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February 26, 1887

LETTER FROM LONDON.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(9):249-250. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391340025008

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Abstract

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

The Health of London—New Remedy for Whooping-Cough—Death of Mr. Thomas Ward Jeston.

Two interesting communications regarding the health of the city and the health of London at large respectively have recently been made public. The report regarding London and its health is contributed by Dr. Lewis Parkes, who writes on the death-rate of the metropolis at large. Here there is to be found cheering news for Londoners, in the assertion that during the last forty years the death-rate has steadily diminished. Dr. Parkes's figures prove this clearly. The average death-rate per 1,000 living persons for the following periods of five years shows in each case a gratifying diminution of mortality. From 1846— 1850, the death-rate as above defined was 25.4; from 1851-55 it was 24.7; from 1856-60, 22.5; from 1861 -5, 24.5; from 1866-70, 24.3; from 1871-75, 22.9; from 1876-80, 22.2, and from 1881-85, 20.6. Dr.

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