London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

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Walthamstow 1910

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]

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Eighty-six children suffered from slight and thirteen from considerably
enlarged glands.
These were generally the result of irritation from bad teeth or
Those suffering from tubercular glands were few.
These were generally of a simple nature, such as sore lids or styes;
children with ulcers are referred to me by the teachers, and the parents
are advised.
Children unable to read and under six years of age are not subjected
to anv vision test except for special reasons.

The following tabular statement shows the vision of those inspected:—

215116 to 727152
58549427 to 85955545
62-8 to 910--
7419 to 105--
8-410 to 11327
71911 to 12411
379294312 to 133143135
625536513 to 145334259
728914 to 1562514
262315 to 1626-2
1-16 to 171--
Good—6/6 or 6/9 in both eyes, or 6/6 in one and f in the other.
Moderate—6/9 and 6/12 or 6/12 in both eyes.
Bad—6/12 and over in one or both eyes.

About 85.5 per cent, of the children examined have "good" vision, 6-5 per cent. "moderate," and 8 per cent. "bad," and the influence of School work upon vision is shown in the percentages for the different ages as follows:—

6 to 7 years99 per cent.97.4 per cent.
7 to 8 years86.5 per cent.85.6 per cent.
12 to 13 years84 per cent.82.6 per cent.
13 to 14 years84.1 per cent.84 per cent.