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October 31, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(18):1415-1416. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670180071029

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Decline in Birth Rate  In a recent discussion in the Czechoslovak parliament, the minister of health, Mr. J. Sramek, called attention to the declining birth rate of Czechoslovakia, and to the measures by which he intends to stop the decrease. The highest national birth rate was that of 1870. The war brought about a real drop, which was succeeded by a rapid but temporary increase, and this, in turn, by a decline below the prewar level. Prague shows the most rapid decline of all, with a decrease of 29 per cent, in the last quarter century. The danger is most acute in the highly developed and thickly populated western provinces, while the eastern provinces show a comparatively high birth rate. The result of these conditions is that the population in the industrial western centers is gradually being replaced by those coming from the eastern provinces. The causes for the decline

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