October 16, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(16):1314-1315. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680160062022

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The Need to Limit Our Population  In the Morning Post, the economist Mr. Harold Cox urges the need of limiting our population, replying to a letter from a woman physician, Dr. Mary Scharlieb, who expresses fear that the English birth rate is declining too rapidly. In her judgment, it is the duty of the inhabitants of Great Britain to multiply in order to fill the waste spaces of the empire. Mr. Cox points out that she overlooks the fact that the dominions will accept only picked migrants from the mother country. Since the war, the number of migrants to the dominions has declined enormously, and is still declining. At the present moment England is overcrowded. In round figures, there are four times as many persons to the square mile in England as there are in France. Yet there are unmistakable signs that the peculiar circumstances that made England the workshop

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