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November 8, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(19):1440-1441. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720190052021

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Vital Statistics  The bureau of census and vital statistics annually issues reports, which are usually condensed in the year book of the Union, the official government summary of what has happened during the past year. For many years the profession has felt that the basis on which the vital statistics of the Union are tabulated is wrong. That basis makes a distinction between European and native and between colored and native, with the obvious result that the percentages given are not correct. The latest figures of the Union give the European population as 1,738,937, as compared with 1,280,381 in 1911. The coastal areas are slightly more densely populated than the inland areas. The European birth rate is 25.8 per thousand of population, having dropped from 32.5 in 1910, and is lowest in the urban center, which is in some ways the least South African and receives the highest influx of

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