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February 16, 1929


JAMA. 1929;92(7):576. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700330060023

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The Lengthened Life of the German Population  The mortality statistics, as set forth in the new German mortuary tables for the years 1924 to 1926, may be regarded as comparatively favorable. The mortality of all age groups, in comparison with the decade 1901-1910, has been greatly diminished. The mortality for the first year of life for the years 1924 to 1926 was 115.4 and 93.9, respectively, per thousand living births (boys and girls), as compared with 202.3 and 170.5, respectively, for the decade 1901 to 1910, and 252.7 and 217.4, respectively, for the period 1871 to 1880. It is evident, therefore, that infant mortality has decreased, since the beginning of the twentieth century, by about 44 per cent, and since the founding of the German reich (1871), by more than 50 per cent. Still greater has been the decline of mortality among young children aged 1 to 5. Of 1,000

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