Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council]
Annual Report of the London County Council, 1912.
The following is the first summary of the physical condition of the inmates of the places of detention.
|Ears— Deaf||3||Sores, boils, &c.||105|
|Eczema and psoriasis||15|
|Throat Tonsils enlarged||26||Infantile paralysis||1|
|Enlarged glands||76||Enlarged liver||1|
|Tuberculosis other than pulmonary||40||Chickenpox||8|
|Pallor (see below)||15||Whooping Cough||6|
|Dull and Backward..||19||Erysipelas||1|
|Syphilis (hereditary)||1||Vaccinated, boys||63%|
It is clear that dirt and overcrowding are responsible for much of the illness discovered.
Dr. Hawkes notes a peculiar pallor, which is not a true anaemia, in a certain number of children and
he thinks that he has found the condition associated with cases in which the account given indicates that
four, five or more children have been sleeping in one bed. He mentions that this condition is not persistent,
but that a dose of aperient mixture and increased cubic space at night, soon brings the skin back
to its normal condition.
end of six months. Two thousand and ninety-five certificates have been submitted to the School Medical Officer and the following table gives particulars of 618 cases in which action was taken.
|Division.||Children recommended for examination.|
|By the Divisional medical officers at the local offices.||With a view to admission to special schools.||With a view to admission to open air schools.||Total.|