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August 20, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(8):668-669. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740600060026

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The Cinchona Monopoly  The cultivation of cinchona was taken up at the May, 1931, meeting of the permanent committee of the Office international d'hygiène publique. A reference was made to the alleged abuse of the Dutch "monopoly" of quinine. Dr. De Vogel, former chief inspector of the public health service in the Dutch East Indies, has published an article calling attention to the critical period during which the cultivation of cinchona in Java was menaced by speculations that caused unheard-of fluctuations in the price of cinchona bark. The government of the Dutch East Indies suggested a solution of the problem that led to the present agreement. The arrangement that has been made is fortunate; otherwise the ruin of the private cultivation of cinchona in Java would have brought about a scarcity of quinine.The department of agriculture realized that the task associated with the government's cultivation of cinchona should include,