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February 20, 1978

Politics Ought Not Masquerade as Science-Reply

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Denver General Hospital Denver

JAMA. 1978;239(8):723-724. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280350047008

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My only contact with Mr Jeremy Stone of the Federation of American Scientists, not to be confused with the American Federation of Scientists, was a phone call from a man who made a series of unscientific statements. I explained to the caller that the "dime experiment" had scientific merit. I offered to send the data to him, to provide relevant references, and to refer him to scientists knowledgeable in carcinogenesis, but he was not interested in this information.

This preliminary experiment had scientific merit. In addition, it was used to make an important point by identifying as dimes the metallic disks implanted in the rats. My point of view would not have been given any attention if the disks were not so identified.

In 1976, there were 695,222,774 dimes minted, and apparently more than 13 billion are in circulation. Dimes, nickels, and quarters have surfaces containing 25% nickel.