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May 4, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(18):685. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430180031009

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Having regard to the attitude of Great Britain in other matters affecting her commercial interests— quarantine, for example—the medical world, outside of the "right little, tight little island," will be inclined to look askance upon the conclusions of the Royal Commission, on the use of opium, just made public. We are told that the inquiry of the Commission was conducted on a wide scale and the decision was practically unanimous; that more than 720 witnesses were examined, including 152 called at the desire of the Anti-Opium Society; that every care was taken to obtain representative testimony, and that the Commission record their conviction that the evidence forms trustworthy ground for the conclusions reached.

And these conclusions are: "That the temperate use of opium in India should be viewed in the same light as the temperate use of alcohol in England. Opium is harmful, harmless, or even beneficial, according to the

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