Science: War Babies

In spite of war, the world's birth rate for the past four years has been higher than usual. Why? Britain's well-informed medical journal, the Lancet, brooded over the question but found no specific answer. Among the Lancet's guesses: 1) an "unexpectedly high level of mental stability" among the masses; 2) a wartime contraceptive shortage; 3) an insecure world turning to children as a "shock absorber."

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