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July 9, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(2):46. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400010030003

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The Treatment of Colds.  Dr. Whelan, R. N., in a short article on the treatment of colds, says: It is recognized generally that catarrhs are excited de novo by exposure to wet, cold, and draughts; most frequently they develop in delicate and in highly neurotic individuals. When once a catarrh is properly established, the affected person's breath is infectious in the acute stage of the disease at least. The question arises, What is the nature of the affection? 1. Is it a specific poison comparable to that of the infectious fevers? 2. Does the affection start as an idiopathic inflammation and develop a specific poison which is given off by the breath? 3. Is it of nervous reflex origin purely? An epidemic of influenza would be explained by supposing within large tracts of country all catarrhal micrococci become suddenly virulent, owing to some climatic or telluric fostering cause, or

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