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November 15, 1930


JAMA. 1930;95(20):1515-1516. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720200051019

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The Distribution of Population  At the centenary of the Royal Geographical Society, now being celebrated in London, Mr. A. M. Carr-Saunders, professor of social science at Liverpool University, discussed several aspects of the distribution of population. He pointed out that in certain regions, such as the East Indies, the population was sparse, though the natural resources were considerable, because the skill of the inhabitants was low. With increased skill a much larger population could be accommodated. In the so-called new countries, where the aboriginal populations had been pushed aside, there were also possibilities of absorbing surplus population. In Europe almost alone was there pressure of such a nature as to make likely outward movements supported by force, if it was not otherwise eased. Sufficient notice had not been taken of the declining birth rate of Europe. In all the countries of northern and western Europe the situation was such that

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