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December 23, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(26):2177-2178. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640260049025

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Birth and Death Rates in Germany Before and Since the War  If we compare the birth and death rates of Germany before the war with the figures for 1920 and 1921, they will be found to be surprisingly uniform. As is brought out in an article in the Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift by the statistician of the central public health bureau, Dr. Roesle, since 1920, the year in which the effects of the war on the vital statistics ceased to be felt, the trend is much the same as it was from 1901 to 1913. The agreement is so marked that, from the reported records, one gets the impression that there must be an immediate connection between this recent period and the period before the war. Not only the birth rates but also the death rates seem to lap right on to the birth and death rates before the war. The

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