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February 2002

Colds With a Silver Lining

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002;156(2):104. doi:10.1001/archpedi.156.2.104

WHAT DO YOU MEAN you can't do anything about my child's cough? It's waking up everyone in the house," says a bleary-eyed parent at the end of a typical midwinter clinic session. What the parent thinks but is usually too polite to say is, "Every week I read about fantastic medical triumphs in the newspaper. How do you expect me to believe that you have no effective treatment to offer for a simple cold or cough?" In moments of self-doubt, I share the same belief. Mercifully, even though we general pediatricians spend most of our time with children who are either entirely well or have minor illnesses, the public appears to value whatever it is we do.