September 25, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(13):1052-1053. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680130066029

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The Effort of Germany to Attain the Lowest Mortality in Europe  For a century, Norway had the lowest mortality in Europe. As early as the middle of the eighteenth century, infant mortality in Norway was as low as it is today in the German reich because of the widespread application of advanced principles of social welfare. Hence, the chances of attaining old age in Norway were better than in other countries. In recent years, however, Germany, weakened by war and by scarcity of food, is among the nations in which mortality conditions are most favorable. Oberregierungs-Rat Roesle, in an article in the Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift, points out that Germany does not lack much of holding the European low mortality record. As early as 1920, the mortality of Germany dropped to 15.1 per thousand of population, thus attaining very nearly the prewar minimum. In 1924 and 1925, the rate reached the

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