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July 29, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(5):379-380. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740300047022

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Report of Public Health Service  The report of the public health service of Austria gives a picture of the changes in the population during the year 1932. The number of inhabitants was 6,536,892 (less than that of London or New York). Marriages showed a decrease as compared with the previous year (51,753 > 45,332). The steadily decreasing birth rate is a reflection of unemployment. Only 105,431 births were notified, a decrease of more than 4,000 over the previous year. The number of deaths (93,078) showed a decrease of 1,540. Nevertheless, one can observe here also the effects of the crisis if one considers the mortality according to age groups. Not only in children under 5 years of age but also in the 10-15 age group a distinct increase of mortality amounting to more than 10 per cent was observable. The reduction in the total number of deaths is due to

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