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London County Council 1934

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for London County Council]

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to elementary
schools or
The following statement gives an analysis of the 397 cases examined for
admission to special schools for the physically defective, as a result of which the
children were either returned to elementary schools or were invalided as for the
time unfit for any school:—

Table 38.

Morbid conditions.Elementary school.Invalided.
Infantile paralysis84
Cerebral paralysis55
Various paralyses98
Tuberculosis of bones and joints164
Rickets and resulting deformities5
Congenital deformities61
Traumata and amputations186
Non-tuberculous arthritis and synovitis4-
Rheumatism and chorea476
Various chest conditions—fibrosis, bronchitis, asthma318
Heart diseases—
Acquired valvular7519
Pseudo-hypertrophic muscular dystrophy12
Various nervous conditions, ataxia, etc.31
Other diseases—chiefly medical1910

Rota visits to
the schools.
The special schools were visited at least once a quarter, and every child present
was seen at least once during the year. The total number of examinations made was
16,159, and in addition 601 special examinations were made of children already on
the rolls of special schools in connection with applications for non-enforcement of
attendance and for similar reasons. As a result of the rota examinations the
following re-classifications took place:—

Table 39.

Transferred from schools forRe-classified for transfer to—
P.D. school.M.D. School.Partially sighted school.Blind school.Deaf school.Partially deaf school.Open- air school.Epileptic colony.
Physically defective-13---164
Mentally defective-2--1--
Partially sighted12-1---1
Partially deaf----8---

After trial in a special school, 78 children were excluded (39 as imbecile, 16 as
feeble-minded ineducable, 4 as "special circumstances" and 5 as feeble minded
"detrimental") and 18 were invalided on medical grounds.