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January 20, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(3):177. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460030051014

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The British Medical Journal, noticing a publication recently issued on the effects of opium as observed amongst the Chinese, criticises the opinion therein stated that the British Government is morally responsible for the opium habit in China, and that the trade is at once degrading and reprehensible. It says: "This may be all true, but it is not in accordance with the evidence laid before the recent inquiry on the opium habit conducted by a specially appointed Royal Commission." If it had said a part of the evidence, it would been more correct, for anyone who has read through the mass of published testimony must have been impressed with the fact that the official doctors and other officials and the government land farmers gave the testimony on which the findings of the commission were based, while the non-official doctors, native editors and missionaries, with a very few exceptions, testified to

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