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  1. The Consumption of Opium in India:

    The Consumption of Opium in India:

    A Critique of the Memorandum presented by Sir William Roberts … as Medical Member of the Late Royal Commission on Opium. Reprinted after revision from the “Indian Medical Record.”
    Offprint, first thus. Uncommon, OCLC lists just 8 copies world-wide, including 2 in BL. Trained in Ireland, Wallace (1856-1903) was editor of the Indian Medical Record, and at the time of the Commission had been practising medicine in India since 1872, most of that time in private practice in Calcutta. A witness to the Commission, Wallace gave strong evidence debunking the idea of the efficacy of opium as a prophylactic against malaria; "His experience in the eastern part of the country, especially Calcutta, convinced him the two capabilities were distinct; pain relief simply was not another way of referring to disease prevention" (Winther, Anglo-European Science and the Rhetoric of Empire, p165); and in the present publication presents persuasive arguments from the Commission's other witnesses against "the theory of ‘profound constitutional difference' or ‘exceptional tolerance' in the adult natives of India and their children [which] is omnipresent in Sir William's Memorandum". Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: 1895

    Published: Calcutta

    Stock Code: 81994

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