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The Vital Statistics of France
The statistical service of the ministry of public health and labor has compared the vital statistics for France for the first three months of 1927 with the corresponding period of 1926. The report records a marked decrease in the population: In the first quarter of 1927, an excess of deaths over births amounting to 32,252 was recorded, which signifies a corresponding decrease in the population. The number of deaths exceeded those for the previous year by 35,451 and there was a drop of 6,108 in the number of births. To find an adequate explanation for these facts is difficult because no disease has shown any very appreciable recrudescence. The number of marriages shows an increase, while the divorce column is not quite so long, though, to be sure, the effect of these facts on the number of births would not be felt until later. The
PARIS. JAMA. 1927;89(5):385–387. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690050051024
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