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August 11, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(6):439. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520060043008

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The present British Parliament has committed itself to the opinion that the Indo-Chinese opium trade is morally indefensible, a conclusion that has been adopted long since by nearly every one not connected directly or indirectly with the British revenue. It will be remembered by our readers that some years ago a rather voluminous report of a government commission appeared defending the British Indian opium trade and making out that the use of opium by orientals, excepting, perhaps, in Burmah, was not harmful. The testimony to this effect was furnished by British Indian officialdom and interested landed proprietors, while the missionaries —with one or two exceptions—the native authorities not connected with the opium trade and a few British officials were decidedly of the contrary opinion. That opium is a curse to China, which derives much of its supply from British India, has long been acknowledged, and there is considerable evidence by

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