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The Limits of Mankind: A Philosophy of Population.

William B. Bean, M.D.
Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(2):302-304. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820020142020.
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Zealots of the Chamber of Commerce get an uneasy feeling in the pits of their stomachs when they realize that the population of Iowa has increased only insignificantly in fifty years. Though more people are born than die, more people leave than come in. This yields only a very modest net increment. Though this may depress various mongers, the result is extremely cheering to me. Whenever I visit the population jungles of our teeming cities and spend unwilling hours in the glacial flow of traffic or am hurtled along too fast, I think about the world-wide population explosion. A man from Mars would marvel at crowding the world over; the everexpanding ant heaps of cities and the rabbit warrens of suburbia. Of all the criers of havoc, viewers with alarm, and men who find themselves unable to cherish mankind as a vast homogenate—the masses— none has addressed himself with more


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