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September 13, 1971

In Vino Veritas

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Bloomington, Hawaii

JAMA. 1971;217(11):1552. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190110070024

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To the Editor.—  In line with Ponce de Leon's search for the Fountain of Youth, and Diogenes' lamp-lighting quest of honesty, I have been conducting (quietly) a continuing search for truth, specifically, that to be found in wine, according to the formula, In Vino Veritas.Prompted by Samuel Johnson's thought that the man who needed wine to tell the truth had to begin as a miserable cringing liar, and accelerated by the failures of scopolamine and truth serums, my search for the wine of truth has involved several absurd charges of disorderly conduct, and firm refusals of bartenders to honor credit cards.At Mme Pointe's at Vienne my request was served with an 1897 Chateau Lafite Rothschild which was excellent but attended by unfortunate circumstances similar to those at L'Oustau de la Baumanière, where I washed dishes for a week under humiliating conditions. At Viana do Castelho, where I would