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Season of Birth

Nature volume 142, pages 593594 (01 October 1938) | Download Citation



THIS volume is designed to throw light on some of the interesting problems connected with the seasonal variations in the birth-rate. The author has managed to collect a great deal of material on the month of birth in different parts of the world. It seems that accurate information on the month of birth is not too easy to obtain. In Italy it is common practice to postpone the registration of those born in November and December until January, since this delays military service for a whole year. In pre-War Russia, many births which took place in December were not registered until the following January owing to the fact that the central Government insisted that end-of-year reports should be sent in, even though they were incomplete. This end-of-year error is common to a great deal of data on the month of birth.

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