Medicine: The Common Cold

Dr. Thomas G. Ward is a persistent man. Virology expert at Johns Hopkins University, he has spent the better part of the past three years looking for a cure for the common cold. In Chicago last week, at a conference of the Common Cold Foundation, he was obliged to report that he is still on the old, cold trail. "Personally," he said, "my favorite treatment is old Maryland rock-and-rye."*

* A longtime Baltimore favorite. A Johns Hopkins tradition attributes the following informal prescription to the great Dr. William Osier: 1) hang a hat on the bedpost, 2) go to bed and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!