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Shotgun remedies for the common cold


‘L’anglais avec son sang froid habituel’ has been translated as ‘the Englishman with his usual bloody cold’. Colds are common in winter wherever the climate is temperate, and in England and Wales cost about 4 million working days a year.1 Knowledge of the natural history of the common cold may help to correct misconceptions abouts its treatment, as Andrewes has recently pointed out.2

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