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March 5, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(10):742. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680360054025

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The Number of Children in Berlin in Laborers' and Middle Class Families  Benjamin, school physician of Berlin, has given the results of his scrutiny of the statistical observations made by two school physicians in the district of Wedding in connection with the admission to the schools of the children born in 1,532 families during the school year 1919-1920. It was evident that the tendency of the proletariat in the large cities to restrict the number of offspring to one and two children is marked, and in the lower middle class it is even greater. In 75 per cent of the families of considerably more than six years' standing, on the average, there were only one or two living children. In the Catholic schools there were 66.3 per cent, and in the public schools there were 65.6 per cent of the families with only one or two children. In the Protestant

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