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West Ham 1947

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for West Ham]

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Left at 16 years (unfit for any employment) 1
Left district 1
Unfit for any school 1
Died 1

An analysis of the causation of defect in 82 West Ham cases and 12 extra-district cases is set out below: —

DefectWest HamExtra District
Heart conditions203
Paralysis172
Quiescent T.B, bone and joint defects132
Spastic conditions82
Amputations4
Muscular Dystrophy1
Haemophilia9-—
Spina bifida11
Miscellaneous conditions152
Totals8212
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The miscellaneous conditions include such cases as myositis
ossificans, severe congenital dorsal scoliosis, hydrocephalus with
infantilism, coxa plana, cerebellar degeneration, and other
defects.
ROMFORD ROAD CHILDREN'S HOME
This Hostel, which is situated adjacent to Knox Road
Special School, was opened in January for 18 educationally
sub-normal boys with behaviour difficulties or other circumstances
rendering it advisable for them to leave their own
homes. From the beginning, periodic visits of inspection have
been made by the Chief Assistant School Medical Officer, who
reports very favourably both on the cleanliness of the premises
and the well-kept condition of the children. The home is in
charge of a married couple, who act as Superintendent and
Matron respectively. They both devote very considerable time
and energy to the welfare of the children, and achieve a considerable
measure of success in their endeavours to provide a
true family atmosphere, in which each boy is encouraged to
develop his own individual interests. There can be no doubt
that the boys have already received much benefit from their
residence there.
TUNMARSH LANE SPECIAL SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
The capacity of this school, which also takes children from
East Ham and contiguous areas of Essex, is 60, and the
maximum number of children on the roll during the year was
59, including 33 extra-district cases. It is anticipated that the
accommodation will be increased under the Development Plan.
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