February 18, 1928


JAMA. 1928;90(7):557. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690340059027

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The Excessive Mortality in France  M. Paul Strauss, senator of the department of the Seine and former minister of health, presented recently before the Academy of Medicine the statistics collected by the health section of the League of Nations on the birth rate and the mortality of the different nations. While France is not becoming depopulated in the absolute sense of the word, it shows at present the lowest excess of births over deaths. In regard to the birth rate, France can be reasonably content. Whereas the birth rate has declined 26 per cent in Germany, 22 per cent in England and 13 per cent in Italy, it has actually increased 0.53 per cent in France since 1913. But the mortality statistics are more disquieting. For a number of years the mortality rate among infants and children in France has been considerably higher than that of England. Tuberculosis causes the

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