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Walthamstow 1933

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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The detailed findings at first visits paid during 1933 are given in the following table:—

Ward.How Fed.Kind of Food.Sleeping Accommodation.Condition of Baby.Accommodation.
Breast.Breast and Hand.Hand.Cow's Milk.Patent Foods.Condensed Milk.With Mother.Cot or Cradle.Good.Fair.Bad.Whole House.Flat.Half-house.3 Rooms.2 Rooms.1 Room.
St. James Street1982020122175318521720141381179636
High Street14941659612157151153165484762
Hoe Street22916271711153723523729654171666218
Wood Street20120312018133321921827761111291446
Hale End28328652557112335333338519017115112815

From the above table it will be seen that of 1,675 children,
1,363, or 81.3 per cent., were breast fed on first being visited, but
210, or 12.5 per cent., had no separate sleeping accommodation.
The particulars in respect of housing accommodation show that
only 538 of the families visited had a house to themselves, while
46 families were living in one room. The 1932 figures were 609
and 72 respectively.