DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
CITY OF LOS ANGELES, CAL.
OFFICE OF THE
July 2nd, 1917.
To His Honor, the Mayor, and Members of City Counoil,
City of Los Angeles, Calif.
I have the honor to submit the following report of the transactions of the Health Department for the fiscal year ended June 30th,
It is the purpose of the Health Commissioner to inspire and
cultivate a spirit of interest and responsibility in every member of
the department in the work and upbuilding of the department by
giving credit where possible and showing confidence in the cooperative work; therefore their reports are given in full in each division as reported by the heads of the same.
There were 6528 deaths reported to the office during the year,
giving a death rate of 1.87 per 1000 population, or 1.87 deaths
per 100,000 of estimated population of the city of Los Angeles,
which is 550,000. Of the 6528 deaths, 2505 occurred in the various hospitals located within the city limits, and 1378 of the 2505
deaths occurred in the County Hospital, which receives patients from
all parts of the County, including a population of over 300,000 not
wthin the city of Los Angeles.
Of the 6528 deaths, 1884 occurred in persons between the ages
of 45 and 65 ears, and 1857 deaths occurred in persons over 65
years of age. This high death rate in elderly people is due no doubt
to the fact that many people come to Los Angeles after retiring from
business in the East.
There were 1188 deaths certified to by the Coroner. Of
these, 537 were caused by accidents, homicides, suicides, inhalation