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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
Gaul LE. ARGYRIA AND LIPOID PULMONARY DISEASE FOLLOWING INTRANASAL MEDICATION. JAMA. 1937;108(11):904. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780110052019