Medicine: Is It Catching?

Though the majority of U.S. doctors now agree that the common cold is caused by a virus, there is still a vigorous minority which vociferously argues exactly the opposite. In Boston's ancient, creaky Mechanics' Building last week, one of the most vigorous of the dissenters appeared before a panel meeting of the American College of Physicians. Introduced as a prime "rebel" against the accepted theories, the University of California's Dr. William J. Kerr promptly retorted that he was proud of the title. Then he proceeded to justify it with a slashing attack on the virus theorists.

"Colds are afflictions rather than infections,"...

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