chapter  I
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MIDDLESBROUGH'S HEALTH PROBLEMS

Furthermore, many of these families could not eal'!ily shake off the habits engendered by their former environment. Hardly any houses in the northern neighbourhoods have baths, and many have only cold water laid on. Soot and dirt continually cover clothes and furniture.' Unless the housewife is very strong and very houseproud, she is defeated by these difficulties and gives up the struggle for cleanliness. Dirt diseases, such as scabies, impetigo and vermin infestation occur, and the chance of infection is increased. And even though furniture is disinfested when the family moves to the new estate, dirt diseases may continue. Families who settle permanently on the new estate usually adjust their habits. They discover how much easier it is now to keep clean and there is a marked improvement in their appearance and in the condition of their houses. If the health and housing authorities would help the tenants in the first period of settlement, the process of assimilation could certainly be accelerated.12