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December 7, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(23):1538. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470490036006

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While so much is being said about the increasing sterility of American women and the decline in the birthrate in this country, it is worth while to look around and see others as we see ourselves. Mr. William E. Curtis has recently compiled the statistics, as to this point, of a number of European countries as a piece of newspaper correspondence and the figures he gives are interesting. Taking the last twenty-five years for his study, he finds that the annual number of births per 1000 of the population has fallen from 36 to 29.3 in England and Wales, from 35.6 to 30.5 in Scotland, and in Ireland from 26 to 22.9. Other European countries have also suffered; the births per 1000 have decreased from 40.1 to 35.9 in Germany, from 30.9 to 26.2 in Sweden, from 36.4 to 32 in Holland, from 26.1 to 21.9 in France, and in

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