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Cold Wars: The Fight against the Common Cold

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 04 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:57
  1. Harold Ellis, emeritus professor of surgery
  1. University of London

    David Tyrrell, Michael Fielder

    Oxford University Press, £19.99, pp 253

    ISBN 0 19 263285 X

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    Who hasn't had a cold, or indeed colds, in the past 12 months? Probably no one reading this review, unless you spent the time completely isolated—for example, on an Antarctic weather station or on Tristan da Cunha. Yet the cold, the commonest of all illnesses, has no prophylaxis and no effective cure. This in spite of the longest list of suggested therapies for any disease, ranging from John Wesley's advice in 1747 to “pare very thin the yellow rind of an orange, roll it up inside and thrust a roll into …

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