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May 19, 1999

Closer to a Cure for the Common Cold?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Division of Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.

JAMA. 1999;281(19):1844-1845. doi:10.1001/jama.281.19.1844

The search for a "cure for the common cold" resembles in some ways a late 20th-century quest for the holy grail, and although new and remarkable medical discoveries are reported almost daily, the skeptics reiterate that medicine still cannot cure the most frequent infectious disease, the common cold. It is not that accomplished scientists have not tried, and the literature is filled with accounts of these attempts. But the goal has evaded researchers for years, and it is in this context that we should evaluate the report of Turner and colleagues1 in this issue of THE JOURNAL.

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