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 Walthamstow]
|Defect or Disease.||No. of Children.||Percentage.|
|Verminous condition (bad)||43||0.7|
|External Eye Disease||379||6.0|
|Considerably Enlarged Tonsils||269||4.5|
|Urgently requiring Removal||20|
|Defective Teeth requiring immediate attention||184||3.0|
|Lung or Bronchial Affections||475||7.3|
|Diseases of Nervous System||37||0.6|
The large numbers returned as suffering from heart and lung affections
are made up largely of those noted as "Cardiac Weakness" and
SUMMARY OF DEFECTS.
The preceding Tables give the Summary of defects for boys and girls
at the different ages and for all schools, and for three age groups in two
schools selected as representative of two classes of children —those
mainly of well-to-do and poorer parents.
(d) GENERAL REVIEW OF THE FACTS
DISCLOSED BY MEDICAL INSPECTION.
Clothing and Footgear.—Fifty-five children were found to
have bad clothing and 151 with bad boots, less than 1 and 2-5 per
cent, of the total.
In comparing the "good" and "bad'' schools, however, it is found
that while the percentage with insufficient clothing and footgear is
neglible for "good" schools, the "bad" ones rise to 5 and 9 per cent,
This result is what one would expect.