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April 30, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(18):1148. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490630034011

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A sociologic student, Mr. Robert Hunter, in a recent issue of the Chicago Commons, adopts the view that the decrease in the birth rate of the native American population is only the result of a universal law which was pointed out years ago by Farr, an English student of vital statistics. That authority observed that while emigration increases the birth rate of a country, immigration to a country almost invariably decreases its native birth rate, and at the same time increases the birth rate of the newly arrived immigrants. According to Gen. F. A. Walker, formerly superintendent of the Federal Census, this has been notably demonstrated in this country. In Mr. Hunter's opinion, immigration has not increased the population any more than would have been the natural increase had there been no immigration whatever. But by reducing the native birth rate it has prevented the propagation of a uniform and

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