Fillers One hundred years ago

The diminishing birth-rate

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 17 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1469

Sir,—The subject of the diminution in the birth-rate has undoubtedly brought to light some ingenious theories, particularly as regards the case of the middle class. But why muscularity in the poor woman should produce such totally different results as the same condition amongst the more refined is not explained. Is it not probable that any attempt at an explanation would demolish the theory entirely? I feel some diffidence in coming forward with yet another hypothesis. But since …

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