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Contemplating a one child world

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 06 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:907

Fundamental rethinking is needed

  1. Colin Butler
  1. General practitioner 4 Queen Street, Campbell Town, Tas 7210, Australia

    EDITOR,—A one child world1 may just be possible in China, a country of coercion, abortion, and neglect of orphans; it may also be achievable soon in Catholic Italy and Ireland. For most countries, though, the switch from demographic transition (average families of 2.1 children) to ecological transition (a one child …

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