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The Birth Rate and the Excess of Births Over Deaths
Immediately after the war, a strong reaction set in as regards the factors affecting vital statistics. The years 1919 and 1920 were record years in Germany for marriages. Also the birth rate returned to that of prewar times, although no records were broken as was the case after the war of 1870. The most surprising manifestation was that the mortality fell rapidly. This was probably due, in the main, to the changed age distribution of the inhabitants, though doubtless also affected by the fact that, during the food blockade, the weakest among the population had died. During the last two years, the immediate results of the war have been counterbalanced, to a great extent, so that now it may be said that vital statistics in Germany present an approximately normal aspect. The year 1922, concerning which the final results have
BERLIN. JAMA. 1923;81(12):1037-1039. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650120069024