March 18, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(11):880. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500380044012

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Some years ago we called attention to the fact that, according to certain statistics, Colorado was losing its male faster than its female population, and bid fair, if the conditions continued, to become in time an Adamless Eden. We have not heard from the subject further, and presume that the threatened outcome is still a long way off. Now, however, comes another report, this time from Carson City, Nevada, which points the same way. only that it indicates not an increased mortality, but a striking deficiency in the birth rate of males. It is said that in that community in the year 1904, out of the total of fifty-seven births, only one was a boy, and that that baby arrived just in time to prevent the record from being totally a female one. There is something wrong in the mountain regions apparently, if we are to accept such data as

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