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February 27, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(9):423-424. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440090041006

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The " depopulation" of France, as it has been called, has brought out within the last two or three years a considerable amount of social theorizing in the secular press, and this has to some extent invaded the current medical literature, which as a rule leaves economic questions alone. The subject of population, however, which is one of the most important social questions, has also its medical bearings, and can be treated more freely and fearlessly in some respects from a medical than from a purely economic standpoint. As regards France, the problem is a simple one; there is no question as to the fertility of the Gallic people, the evidence of the conditions in Canada is sufficient to prove their virility. In France the lowered birth rate is without much doubt the natural result of the saving and thrifty tendencies of the mass of the French people. If France had

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