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January 7, 1911

The Cause and Cure of Colds.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(1):64. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560010066035

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There is a need for just such a book as this, which can safely be recommended to the laity. It is sensible, comprehensive and yet not discursive. It is gratifying to see the author admit the danger of drafts in the cause of colds. The slogan of some, who are carrying the fresh-air theory to the extreme, "Drafts do not cause colds," is on the one hand dangerous to health and on the other destructive of the poor victim's confidence in the adviser. Sadler places drafts where they belong as exciting causes and lays just weight on the more important underlying causes of overeating, under-elimination, inactive skins, and improper habits of bathing, clothing, etc. Prophylaxis and treatment are clearly given, with the reasons for their effectiveness, and the patient is frequently reminded of the conditions which are serious enough to make it wise to have a physician's advice.

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