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July 6, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(1):33. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470270039012

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According to the Honolulu Commercial Advertiser, the Hawaiian race is progressing rapidly toward extinction. This is not strictly news, for it has been long well known to be the fact, but it appears that there has been a decided acceleration of the process within the past two or three years, and matters are more likely to be worse than better. The causes hitherto effective, the neglect of infants by native mothers, the gradual diminution of the poi and fish supply, and the spread of loathsome disease, have been reinforced by the newly-acquired vice of opium-smoking. The increasing cheapness of the drug has placed it within the reach of even the poorer Hawaiians and they have the natural disposition to indulge in it. They lack, however, the racial vitality and self-control of the Asiatic consumers, and the results are, therefore, the more disastrous. Their natural improvidence and carelessness of the future

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