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LESSON-1-2
LESSON-3
LESSON-4.1
LESSON-4.2
LESSON-5.1
LESSON-5.2
LESSON-6.1
LESSON-6.2
LESSON-7.1
LESSON-7.2
LESSON-7.3
LESSON-8
LESSON-9
LESSON-10.1
LESSON-10.2
LESSON-11
LESSON-12
LESSON-13.1
LESSON-13.2
LESSON-14
LESSON-15.1
LESSON-15.2
Contraception
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1
CHAPTER-2-3
CHAPTER-4
CHAPTER-5-6
CHAPTER-7-8
CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18-19

namely to 12, so we see an actual gain in population, instead of a loss. 

And the physical constitution of the people has been improving * * *. 

And in New Zealand, where the sale of contraceptives is practically 

free, the birth rate is now 20, and the mortality rate is 10. Does that 

look like race suicide? On the contrary, there is a steady increase at 

the rate of ten per cent, while sickness and death of children, with 

their attendant economic and emotional waste, are reduced to a minimum." 

 

Not only are the children of small families as a rule better cared for, 

from economic reasons easy to discern, but it is also a fact that the 

health of the mothers is far better, and consequently the health of the 

children when born is better than the average. One has but to look 

around him upon the families who boast of having had eight, ten, and 

twelve children born to them, to see what a frightful average percentage 

of deaths of infants and young children is present, and which brings 

down the number of the survivors. 

 

Dr. Alice Hamilton, in "The Bulletin of the American Academy of 

Medicine," for May, 1910, reports that she has investigated the families 

of 1,600 wage workers, and found the following death rate per 1,000 

birth among them, viz.: 

 

Families of 4 children and less 118 deaths per 1,000 births 

Families of 6 children 267 deaths per 1,000 births 

Families of 7 children 280 deaths per 1,000 births 

Families of 8 children 291 deaths per 1,000 births 

Families of 9 children or more 303 deaths per 1,000 births 

 

Dr. Hamilton sums up her investigation as follows: 

 

"OUR STUDY OF THE POORER WORKING CLASS SHOWS THAT CHILD MORTALITY 

INCREASES PROPORTIONATELY AS THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN INCREASE, UNTIL WE 

HAVE A DEATH RATE IN FAMILIES OF 8 CHILDREN AND OVER WHICH IS TWO AND A 

HALF TIMES AS GREAT AS THAT IN FAMILIES OF 4 CHILDREN AND OVER." 

 

The facts above mentioned, and other facts of the same nature which will 

be disclosed in the progress of our consideration of the matter in the 

present book, have evidently been overlooked, deliberately or otherwise, 

by the fanatics in this country and in Europe who have been preaching to 

the people that a falling birth-rate means a decaying nation. Careful 

students of sociology now dismiss altogether the statement so often 

made that a falling birth-rate means "an old and decaying community." 

The Germans for years have contemptuously been making this remark about 

France, but today they have been forced to recognize an unexpected 


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