June 4, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(23):1497. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490680037009

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The Chicago Inter Ocean points out the well-known fact that, with the imperfections of the vital statistics in this country, we can form very little idea as to the increase or decrease of the birth rate. But abroad, where special records have been kept most accurately for years, the case is somewhat different, and the question of race suicide can there be put to the test of fact. It quotes from the recent volume of H. G. Wells, "Mankind in the Making," which applies this test to England and Wales, and finds that, while the birth rate has declined between 1850 and 1896 from 33.8 to 28 per 1,000, the death rate has also declined from 23.3 to 17.7. Subtracting the death rates from the birth rates leaves a normal increase of the population and shows only a fall of 0.2 per 1,000. But he still further shows that the

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