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September 1, 1945

Population Roads to Peace or War

JAMA. 1945;129(1):96. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860350098032

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The main thesis of this book is that the differential fertility and mortality throughout the world is a force of great weight in the determination of economic, political and international policy both in peace and in war. The facts on which the book is based are well known to students of demography and have been publicized more widely to the general public in recent years. The authors are well qualified by previous experience in the field. The book is written for the intelligent layman and could be readily understood by him. The increase of 50 million in the population of India between 1930 and 1940 is one of those facts. The book discusses widely held fallacies about population, including the role actual and potential of migrations, sterilization and marriage standards. The principal conclusion is that satisfactory standards of living in peacetime cannot be effected without population limitation and that unless

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