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November 14, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(20):1477-1478. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730200053020

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The Decline of the Birth Rate  A subject that at present is in the forefront of scientific discussions is the influence of the reduced birth rate on the population. In recent years, the decline in the birth rate has been so marked that it has awakened in many circles fear as to the future of the German people. Following numerous publications by other authors, a book by E. Kahn has appeared, "Der internationale Geburtenstreik," which presents considerable interest, although it requires a critical evaluation, such as Prinzing, an authority on medical statistics, has given it. Kahn draws conclusions that differ from those of other authors, although his conclusions are based on the same material as theirs. Whereas the statistics usually consider the number of births in relation to the number of women of child-bearing age, Kahn takes account of the number of births in relation to the number of marriages

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