Medicine: Fewer Dead, Fewer Born

Leaving to others the interpretation of causes, the U. S. Bureau of Census last week observed that the mortality rate has declined in 85 large cities below the rate of last year—from 135 per 10,000 to 124 per 10,000. Surgeon General Hugh Smith Gumming of the U. S. Public Health Service, when he noted this downward drift in the statistics last year, indicated to President Hoover that it was due to frugality and temperance in Depression.

While the death rate has fallen, so has the birth rate. Assumption that this too is due to Depression is a reasonable one, wrote P. K....

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