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March 31, 1928


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By John Palmer Gavit. With an introductory note for American readers. Cloth. Price, $3.50 net. Pp. 308. New York: Brentano's, 1927.

JAMA. 1928;90(13):1066. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02690400062033

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The international aspect of the opium problem with its many complex ramifications constitutes the chief feature of this book. Gavit followed closely the actions of The Hague and the Geneva conferences on the narcotic problem and gives in this volume in an interesting form the varied reasons for and methods of continuation of the opium industry. "By the Hague Convention the individual governments assumed definite obligation to limit the manufacture, sale and use of these narcotic drugs to legitimate purposes, and to cooperate in the fulfilment of these obligations. The governments have not done this. The solemn international obligations have not been fulfilled." The various nations have apparently taken the attitude, as Gavit puts it, that "anything immediate is impracticable. If we don't sell it, somebody else will. Besides, we need the money!" Gavit believes, therefore, that opium control to medical and scientific in contrast to "legitimate" needs rests on

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