44 Purely Academic Reports"
Mrs. Jones's Housekeeping
Writing on the " Psychology of a 'Special ' Area," Mr. J. H. Newsom says that some little time ago publicity was given to alternative theories concerning the amount of food and its cost necessary to support life put forward by the B.M.A. and the Ministry of Labour.
The importance of both reports was purely academic; for they dealt not with men and women as they exist to-day hut with " ideal"--to give the word its platonic connotation—types laid up, if not in heaven, at any rate not in Durhem County.
"As Well as She Can" Mrs. Jones does not cater according to a formula, abstracted from local conditions and individual needs, she buys and feeds according to her knowledge and position as well as she can and, if there's not enough to go round, she bears the burden herself.
Mr. Malcolm Stewart in the report quoted states, " whatever agreement or disagreement there may be amongst medical experts as to malnutrition, it is quite certain that any person with average powers of observation, who studied the faces of those men, could not fail to see that there is something definitely wrong."