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December 7, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(23):1532-1533. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470490030001i

In my recent paper on Sterility1 I have introduced the subject of divorce as one of the factors correlated with sterility and parallel with it in a general way. In reviewing the article at my leisure I find some very palpable statistical errors in my discussion of this subject. and whilst the result remains the same and the subject is in itself of no especial interest to the profession, these errors must be promptly remedied lest they lead to farther mistakes and entanglements. Divorce records are believed by statisticians to fall far short of scientific accuracy, and in collating these uncertain data I have repeatedly placed incompatible figures side by side (Table 4 of this paper) comparing the ratio of "divorces to marriages" with that of "divorced to the married;" the relative proportion in the different states and countries is practically the same, but this is incidental and the