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September 30, 1944

QUESTIONABLE VALUE OF VITAMIN C FOR HAY FEVER

JAMA. 1944;126(5):318. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850400050022

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Almost every year, with the approach of the pollen season, the public becomes repeatedly apprised of some new "cure" or remedy for this affliction. Through the medium of newspapers, magazines and radio such an impression is made on people that they ask their physicians for these drugs or, what is worse, use them themselves prior to obtaining a medical opinion. One year ionization of the nose was popular; then phenol cauterization; a few years ago potassium chloride was the rage. Careful observation by allergists subsequently disproved the value of these remedies.This year it is vitamin C. My associates and I undertook a study of this work, commencing with the tree pollinating season in April 1944 in the New York area. It subsequently included the grass and early part of the ragweed season. Some persons were pure hay fever

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