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The Health of Sunderland and County Durham

    Naturevolume 135page950 (1935) | Download Citation



    DR. G. F. WALKER, of Sunderland, in a letter to The Times last December, made an appeal that the deterioration of health of a section of the population in Sunderland and adjacent districts in County Durham, where unemployment has been severe and prolonged, was serious, and deserved more national consideration. In consequence of statements made in Dr. Walker's letter, the Ministry of Health instituted an inquiry by Dr. Pearse, Ministry of Health, Dr. Glover, Board of Education, and Mr. Grant, Ministry of Health, whose report has now been issued (”Report of an Inquiry into the Effects of Existing Economic Circumstances on the Health of the Community in the County Borough of Sunderland and certain districts of County Durham. London: H.M. Stationery Office, 1935. 9d. net). The matter of this report is too lengthy to quote in detail, but is summarised in the concluding paragraph. While admitting that there may be some slight deterioration of health and small increase in the incidence of certain diseases, the investigators state that “We are unable to accept Dr. Walker's statement that there has been in this area a 'substantial and progressive deterioration in public health’ “.

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