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The Public Health During 1931
Official figures on the public health situation in Czechoslovakia in 1931, recently published, are of particular interest because during the year there was a severe economic depression. The natural increase of population was less in 1931 than in 1930. This is due to a drop in the birth rate (to 21.5) and to a slight increase in the general mortality (to 14.4). The birth rate has been declining steadily for a good many years and last year's drop is pronounced on account of a decreasing marriage rate resulting from the depression. The year's increase in population amounted to more than 100,000 so that the population of the Czechoslovak Republic attained the figure of about 14,800,000.As far as infectious diseases are concerned, the situation in 1931 was favorable. This was the fifth year in which there was not a single case of smallpox in the
PRAGUE. JAMA. 1932;99(16):1367-1368. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740680063024