A Zoologist Looks at People

Bliven, Bruce
July 1955
New Republic;7/4/55, Vol. 133 Issue 1, p21
The article analyzes the book "The Prevalence of People," by Marston Bates. Bates is a zoologist, not a demographer, which gives his book on the population problem a freshness it might not otherwise possess. Recognizing the huge increase in population that has resulted where death rates have gone down sixty or seventy percent while birth rates have declined hardly at all, he refuses to be panicked by this situation. Pointing out that nowhere in the world is the birth rate as high as it would be if left to purely biological factors, he feels that the tendency of human culture everywhere is toward fewer babies.


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