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November 22, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(21):761-762. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410470025005

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Decline of the French.  —The French political economists in discussing the vital statistics of their country as recently published express much apprehension. It is stated that never since 1870, has the marriage rate been so low as it was in 1889, in which year there was a decrease of 3,900 in the number of marriages compared with those that were contracted in 1888. With respect to births, the decrease last year, compared with the preceding one is put down at 2,000.Despite the fact that the country is richer in resources than most of its neighbors, the fact remains that the number of marriages goes on decreasing, and in addition, there is a distinct purpose on the part of married couples to limit the number of children. This is more perceptible amongst the class that is called well-off than amongst those in a humbler position; but the children born to

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