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November 14, 1936

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1936;107(20):1646-1651. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770460048021

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Oct. 3, 1936.

The Decline of Population  The fall of the birth rate is a phenomenon, in varying degree, of all western Europe and North America. It is at last beginning to receive some attention in this country. Statisticians, such as Professor Carr-Saunders, D. V. Glass and R. Kuczynski, have written on the subject. In a lengthy editorial, the Times points out that between 1821 and 1921 the population of England and Wales was trebled, and that from 26 million in 1850 the white population of North America rose to 137 million in 1933. Now everywhere, in the new countries as well as the old, the trend is turning. The great increase of the British population during the last century was due chiefly to a fall in the death rate, not to a rise in the birth rate. The persistent decline in that death rate

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