October 1, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(14):1161-1163. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690140057021

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The Declining Birth Rate  The birth rate in England and Wales has now fallen below that of France, and, excepting Sweden, is the lowest of the principal European countries. This statement is contained in the statistical review of the registrar-general for 1926. The birth rate for 1926 was 17.8 per thousand of population. Excepting the rate of 17.7 in 1918, the last year of the war, which at that time was regarded as phenomenally low, that for 1926 is the lowest recorded since the establishment of civil registration in this country. In view of the continued decline during the first half of the current year, it is probable that the rate for 1927 will be lower than that for 1918. The crude death rate was 11.6 per thousand of population, and was equal to that of 1923, the lowest on record. In 1924 and in 1925 the rate was 12.2

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