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March 13, 1937


JAMA. 1937;108(11):904. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780110052019

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To the Editor:—  Pity the persons today having what is termed the common cold. Especially unfortunate are infants and children. No sooner does a child have a sniffle than the mother, who may have been instructed by a physician or local druggist, begins flushing the nose with various popular nose remedies. A timely report by W. J. Kerr (The Common Cold, The Journal, Aug. 1, 1936, p. 323) asks: "Since it is apparent that no rational means are available to prevent or treat a common cold on the basis of the hypothesis of infectious origin, isn't it urgent to go back to fundamentals and start anew?" It is well to recall that a few decades ago the physician in treating a cold prescribed the usual supportive measures, letting the nose "run" at will. Who can question the rationale of permitting natural drainage?Little is known concerning the function of the

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