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The Health of Denbighshire. CONSUMPTION CASES. Dr. R. Stenhouse Williams, M.B., D.P.H., Assistant Lesturer on Public Health Bacteri ology, University of Liverpool, has just com- pleted and issued his summary of the vital statistics and health returns contained in the annual reports of the district medical officers of health in Denbighshire. In his prefatory observations, he remark that there can be no doubt that many improvements have been effected in the county, while the whole atmosphere cf the reports was more hopeful than it used to be. The county's greatest need was an adequate supply of workmen's dwellings, many 01 those at pre- sent t ccupied being unsatisfactory. A very good report upon housing in Wrexham Borough showed that the conditions there were not nearly so dark as rumour had paint- ed them, though there were many serious defects still to be overcome. Touching upon the question of dairies and cowsheds, Dr. Williams says a great deal has been accomplished in the last few years in the Wrexham rural district-indeed, the con- ditions there had been revolutionised but tuberculosis would never be stamped out until the tuberculin test and the bacterio- logical examination of milk became univer- sal. The necessity for public slaughter- houses is emphasised, on the ground that private ones are impossible ot adequate super- vision. There was need of hospital accommoda tion for smallpox. The day was surely com- ing when smallpox would be with us. Last year 548 children were exempted from vac- cination, as against 36 in 1907, and these figures went to show that our defence against smallpox was rapidly disappearing. Dealing with the vital statistics, the sum- mary shows that the estimated population in the middle of 1909 was 147,041. The number of births registered was 3,682, which was a slight decrease on the year before, and equivalent to 25 per thousand inhabitants. This was considerably below the average for the preceding ten years, and slightly below the rate in 1909 for England and Wales, which was 25.6. The corrected mortality figures showed that 2,039 persons died, which gave a death- rate of 13.8, compared with 14,24 in 1908. This reduction was largely due to the diminu- tion in the number of deaths of infant?, the rate under this head being 112.9 per 1,000 births, against 109 for the whole of England and Wales. While the deaths of legitimate infants were at the rate of 111 per 1000 births, those of illegitimate infants amounted to 189 per 1,000 births. The Notification of Births Act had not been generally adopted in fact, the only place where it had was the Borough of Wrexham, and a great opportunity for good Work was thus lost. The practical experience of the working of this Act was that it was of the greatest assistance to the public health auth orities. From all tubercular diseases the mortality was at the rate of 1.10 per 1,000 of the popu- lation. This meant that one death out of every eight was due to tubercle, while this one disease had killed nearly four times as many persons in the year as all the infectious diseases added together. Deaths from can- cer and heart disease showed a slight diminu- tion in number. The volume also contains tabulated figures of much interest and importance, and all health reports, &c., for separate districts are reproduced.

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