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April 27, 1912

THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(17):1284-1289. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260040300022
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SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 1912 

RACE DECAY AND SOCIAL HYGIENE  The cry about "race suicide" which is so frequently heard nowadays is taken by some to represent a serious sociologic problem demanding earnest consideration on the part of far-seeing nations. There can be no doubt that a fall in the birth-rate has been spreading in Europe for several decades; but the question arises whether the undeniable statistical facts justify the alarmist statements and protests which have gone forth from time to time. Are the nations involved and the world at large threatened with dire consequences from the failure of certain classes to replenish the earth with successors of their own kind?The propagandists assert that bad stocks are tending to replace good ones because the

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