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To the Editor:
—The remarkable frequency of goiter in youths applying for examination, preliminary to enlistment, inaugurated a series of questions, one of which—"What beverages do you drink?"—in every instance brought out the answer, "Coca-Cola." The stimulating action of caffein may or may not be the cause of this condition; it is, nevertheless, suspicious. In examining thousands of men, aged from 17 to 28, this defect has caused a large number of rejections, and I am more pronouncedly of the opinion that the suspicion formed some years ago—i. e., caffein stimulation—is well founded. In questioning these men, I do not suggest; I simply prod until I get the information, and it has never been lacking.
von Wedekind LL. Caffein as a Cause of Goiter. JAMA. 1912;LVIII(25):1964. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060313025
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