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June 26, 1943

Current Comment

JAMA. 1943;122(9):603. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840260031013

QUININE  Malaria, as The Journal has frequently emphasized, is probably medical war problem No. 1. The provision of quinine, totaquine, atabrine and other remedies for malaria has been one of the most difficult aspects of the procurement situation. The Journal has already called attention to efforts that are being made to conserve all available quinine for military purposes, to collect every grain of quinine that could be collected from even retail drug stores and household medicine cabinets and to develop sources of quinine among our South American neighbors. Into this situation suddenly has been tossed a circular issued by the Cinchona Products Institute, Inc., of New York, which represents largely the Dutch interests that controlled cinchona products in Java. This circular, mailed widespread throughout the nation and offered for display in schools, clinics, drugstores and any other public place, urges the American public to get quinine for the treatment of