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July 2, 1910

Current Comment

JAMA. 1910;55(1):34-35. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330010036017

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CHINA AND OPIUM  According to missionary testimony, China is acting in earnest in the suppression of the opium curse, and antiopium leagues have been formed in many of the great cities. According to Rev. W. L. Beard, there were, in the city of Fu Chau, three years ago, more opium dens than rice shops, but now, through the influence of the anti-opium league, there is not a single one. One of the most encouraging evidences, however, is the fact stated in a recent dispatch that the danger of famine in the western districts of China is lessened by the amount of land which has been diverted from opium culture under the recent laws and devoted to the growth of food products. While there used to be enormous fields of poppy flowers, making this crop the most conspicuous of any, there are now fields of rice and hemp and the open culture of the

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