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JAMA. 1927;88(21):1658. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680470044025.
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Vital Statistics of the Large Cities of Germany in 1926  In 1926, there were, in the large cities of Germany, 143,920 marriages (8.5 per thousand inhabitants), 240,275 living births (14.1 per thousand inhabitants), and 174,268 deaths (10.3 per thousand inhabitants). The number of marriages in 1926 was not much greater than in 1925 but showed a marked increase over 1924. The birth rate, which in 1925 after the marked decline extending into the second half of 1924 had increased from 14.1 up to 14.7 living births per thousand inhabitants, dropped back again in 1926 to the low status of 1924. However, the number of illegitimate births in 1926 showed no decrease over 1925 but, during the last months of the year, rather an increase; so that, since 1924, the percentage of illegitimate living births has increased from 12.0 to 14.7, whereas the number of legitimate living births (12.0 per thousand


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