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March 23, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(12):819. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470120043007

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The Registrar-General of the Province of Ontario recently published the complete returns of births, marriages and deaths, which are considered encouraging by the Toronto Globe, inasmuch as an increase of births is reported over the preceding year. The increase, however, is not great and still leaves the ratio lower than that of almost any other region of equal extent, viz., 19.9 per 1000, and less than that of 1898. It is to be presumed that vital statistics are kept more carefully in Canada than in some portions of the United States, but some of the small increase is attributed by the Globe to prosecutions of parents for neglecting to register the birth of offspring. Admitting a certain proportion of births not registered, the ratio is not encouraging, and the steady decrease of late years, only interrupted by the slight rise, is still less so. Even in the worst parts of

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