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JAMA 100 Years Ago
January 5, 2011

THE BIRTH-RATE AND RACIAL STABILITY

JAMA. 2011;305(1):104. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1779

The significance for the race of small families and the reduction of the birth-rate constitutes a problem of intense practical interest, especially at present. Many maintain that the children of small families, because they are better cared for, really grow up into better men and women—that is, better for the race—than do the less carefully nurtured and educated children of large families. This, of course, is on the assumption that the children of small families are, on the average, at least as well endowed with vital qualities as the children of large families. The subject, however, is by no means on a satisfactory basis for the drawing of final conclusions.

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