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Chicago, Oct. 8, 1901.
To the Editor:
—In the discussion of Dr. George J. Englemann's interesting paper on the "Increasing Sterility of American Women," reported in The Journal for October 5, there are exhibited a depth of concern and a degree of alarm that do not seem to be warranted by those disclosures in the Doctor's paper which furnished the material for the greater part of the discussion.The chief facts shown in the paper are, that sterility has increased rapidly during the last century; that the present average percentage of childless marriages in this country is about twenty; that the average number of children per married couple is 1.8, and that the chief causes of this increasing sterility and diminishing fecundity are the intentional prevention of conception and interruption of gestation.These are intensely interesting facts, and the labor which their accumulation must have cost the author, entitles him
McClanahan AC. Regarding Propagation. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(17):1127. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470430051011
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