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May 11, 1912

Danger to the Public from Praise of Caffein

Author Affiliations

Washington, D. C. Director, Bureau of Foods, Sanitation and Health, Good Housekeeping Magazine.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(19):1463. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260050139025

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To the Editor:  —I read with some interest your editorial in the issue of March 16, reviewing the experiments of Dr. H. L. Hollingworth and of Dr. C. H. Wood, Jr., on the influence of caffein on the human system. This editorial appeared just at the time when I was retiring from my position in the Department of Agriculture, and I did not have the opportunity, at the time, to give it the attention which it merited.Since the publication of this editorial I have read an editorial in the Western Druggist for April, 1912, in which reference is made to the article above noted. In speaking of the many blunders and other offenses of which I was guilty during my official career, the Western Druggist says:"As an example of these blunders might be mentioned the suit of the government instigatedby Dr. Wiley against the Coca-Cola Company to prohibit

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