Medicine: Deadly Evidence

Doctors have warned that antihistamine (anti-allergy) drugs may be dangerous for some people—and under some conditions. But the sniffling public, hoping to cure the common cold, has gone right on buying the drugs. Last week there was mounting evidence that the danger was more serious than suspected.

In Portland, Me., 33-year-old Dr. Charles A. Glassmire took the extraordinary step of describing to newspapers how one of his patients, a 65-year-old man in apparent good health, had suddenly died. Glassmire, backed up by an official autopsy, said that the apparent cause of death was...

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