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September 29, 1928


JAMA. 1928;91(13):977-978. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700130055022

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Vital Statistics  The even course of the development of the German population, which was suddenly interrupted by the war and its sequels, is considered in an article in Wirtschaft und Statistik. The extremely low birth rate of the war years and the decline of the postwar period, together with the losses in able-bodied men, have materially changed the distribution of the various age groups. These after-effects of the war will be observable in the character of the population for years to come. As the age groups most affected by the decline in the birth rate now grow to adulthood, the thinness of their ranks in the various fields of economic and cultural endeavor is becoming noticeable. The influence on the number of pupils is also perceptible. From 1930 on, the number of apprentices will begin to show a diminution as the result of the decline in the birth rate, and

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