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February 26, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(9):659-660. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680350043020

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The Problem of Surplus Population  At the annual meeting of the Geographical Association, Sir Charles Close delivered a presidential address on "Population and Migration." He stated that the total population of the globe was now about 1,957,000,000, and that it could not long continue to increase at its present rate owing to lack of sufficient food. Describing the position in Great Britain, he said that the birth rate and the death rate were diminishing, the former more rapidly than the latter. Although the population continued to increase, there was ample evidence that the rate of increase was rapidly getting less. The effect of the war was marked, and the population was at least two millions less than it would have been had there not been a war. In spite of this, the population of Great Britain was too large. The country could not adequately support such an enormous number of

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