The Balance of Births and Deaths - Vol. 1

The Balance of Births and Deaths - Vol. 1

The Balance of Births and Deaths - Vol. 1

The Balance of Births and Deaths - Vol. 1

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A new book on the population problem? And one which will confine itself solely to stating the facts without attempting to explain them? Are there really any worthwhile new facts to state? Do we not know perfectly well that mortality has decreased practically everywhere in the course of the last hundred years and that natality has fallen in Western Europe and elsewhere in the course of the last forty or fifty years, that there is an excess of births over deaths practically everywhere, and that population will necessarily increase so long as births exceed deaths? Yes, we know all this perfectly well, so well indeed that we are ready to characterize as foolish any person who would pretend that a nation with a large excess of births over deaths may still be dying out. Yet such an assertion would not only not be foolish but would even be much to the point today.

It has indeed not been sufficiently realized so far that, however low may be the number of deaths, there must be a definite and rather considerable number of births in order to insure the reproduction of the population. Even if Isaiah's vision became true that "the child shall die an . . .

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