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December 12, 1931

PANACEAS FOR THE COMMON COLD

JAMA. 1931;97(24):1802-1803. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730240052016

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Abstract

With the first blasts of wintry air a considerable number of our citizenry begin to develop the running of the nose, the lacrimation, the depression, the fever and the other symptoms commonly associated with the onset of a cold. No doubt, the vast majority of the practice of physicians is concerned with symptoms of this character. Probably no other disease is responsible for so much temporary disability. From the teachings of the hygienists, the sanitarians, the public health writers and physicians, most of the public have learned that the symptoms can be abated and the cold controlled in the majority of instances if the patient will go promptly to bed and stay there for at least three days. Actual observation indicates that less than one half of one per cent of people really follow this advice.

The promoters of various types of devices and foods associated with health maintenance have

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