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July 5, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(1):58-59. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720010062028

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Government Aid to Promote Public Health Work  Recent mortality statistics for France have caused deep regret. The birth rate in France had risen, whereas it was declining in all of Europe. The mortality had begun to drop down somewhat and the whole country was pleased over the fact, when suddenly it began to rise again. From 675,110 in 1928, it rose to 741,104 in 1929, or 70,000 deaths more, in which the deaths of the new-born played but an insignificant part. The increase concerns chiefly the adults. The condition can be due only to the inadequate nature of the public health service, in spite of all the exertions made in this direction. It is becoming more and more clear that the law of 1902 in regard to public hygiene, a law recognized by all as inadequate and which there is constant talk of amending, although nothing is done, is the

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