LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT

1894 The Lancet  
in issuing his annual report for 1892, expresses regret that, owing to stress of work, its publication had been so delayed. Regarded from a statistical standpoint, Bradford during 1892 had a good record. Its general death-rate was but 17-91 per 1000, as compared with 2115, 23 22, and 2212 for the preceding three years ; the infantile mortality was 155 per 1000 births, as against 181 for 1891 ; while 146 per 1000 of the population represented its zymotic death-rate. A series of 12 cases of
more » ... eria occurred in the Children's Hospital between March 5th and April 6th, and Dr. Evans inclines to the view that the disease, having been once introduced, spread from person to person. In reference to this point, it would have been of interest had he stated the amount of cubic space devoted to each patient, and also whether any of the nurses were attacked with diphtheria or sore-throat at the time. Small-pox was imported into Bradford by tramps, and there were altogether 25 cases during the year. The case mortality among the vaccinated, as recorded by Mr. Foster, the medical superintendent, was 9 per cent., that among the unvaccinated being 66'6 per cent. ; none of the hospital staff contracted the disease. We shall look forward with much interest to Dr. Evans' report for 1893 as regards the behaviour of small-pox in Bradford during that year.
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