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January 16, 1897


Author Affiliations

Late Senior Clinical Assistant Central (London) Throat. Nose and Ear Hospital, and at the London Throat Hospital; Fellow of the British Rhinological, Laryngological and Otological Association; Laryngologist to Missouri Baptist Sanitarium; Aurist, M. E. Home, etc. Member of the St. Louis Medical Society and of the American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(3):104-107. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440030008001f

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I think I may assert without fear of contradiction, that there is no commoner morbid condition to which the human family is subject, than that designated "a cold." People speak of having "caught cold," by which they do not mean that they considered the condition so desirable that they troubled themselves to lay hold on it, but rather, the opposite, whereby the pathologic process inaugurated itself in their systems in spite of their desire and attempt to escape it. Again, almost invariably, the adjective "bad" is prefixed to "cold," so that by common consent we have only "bad colds." All this serves to emphasize a point I wish to make, viz., the absolute fear in which that congestion of various organs resultant from meteorologic conditions is held by the laity. This is not surprising, when we consider that fully three-fourths of the diseases of the respiratory passages, constituting such an

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