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November 23, 1935

International Narcotics Control

JAMA. 1935;105(21):1709-1710. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760470063029

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According to its preface, "this book is concerned with dangerous drugs solely as a subject of international administration." A great deal of work has obviously been devoted to the preparation of the book, but it is unfortunate that not more attention was given to accuracy and that the subject was not presented in complete and well balanced form. The book is highly theoretical and frequently inaccurate. By its omissions it produces a poorly balanced and somewhat distorted view of the situation. Its sophomoric pronouncements will not impress those familiar with the problem.

The discussion overemphasizes opium and the opium derivatives, pays little attention to the coca leaf and cocaine, and hardly mentions cannabis, although all these three classes of dangerous drugs have been the subject of international control, to the further strengthening of which increasing study is now being given throughout the world. Opium production in India and the Near

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