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May 18, 1912

The Caffein Investigations: A Reply

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JAMA. 1912;LVIII(20):1524-1525. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260050200020

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To the Editor:  —While I am utterly opposed to intruding personal questions into scientific discussions I do think that the letter of Dr. Wiley in the last number of The Journal because of its inaccuracies and of its discourteous inferences, justifies a word of reply.First, as to my connection with the Coca-Cola Co., it is true that I did testify in their favor in the suit brought against them by the government. Dr. Wiley neglects to say, however, that I was asked to appear for the government several months before I had the remotest idea that I should be asked by the company, and that I refused because I thought the contention that caffein was a poison was absurd.Second, Dr. Wiley casts doubts on the scientific correctness of my investigations because he cannot understand how "such tremendous increase of energy and work" can occur without secondary depression. Nowhere

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