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January 5, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(1):41. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970360043011

An abundance of new facts of interest to physicians is supplied by the recent report "Health and Demography" from the U. S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.1 The physician's interest in vital statistics as applied to ethnology and anthropology has both scientific and personal reasons. Many of the scientific aspects of the present collection of data are pointed out in an excellent commentary that goes with the many tables and charts. This general commentary, as is noted in the foreword, necessarily omits many of the insights significant for specific programs. Such insights will be supplied easily by the reader. The basic facts are there, to serve varying purposes for a long time to come. A few points have been selected for examples here.

The graph for the population of the United States, with or without the extension predicted on the assumption of fertility rates continuing at the 1954-1955