Medicine: Science v. the Cold

If any man should know anything about the common cold, that man is Dr. Christopher Howard Andrewes. For the-past three years, 1,500 volunteers, furnished with free board, lodging and viruses, have spent ten-day periods under his observation at Harvard Hospital on England's Salisbury Plain. Last week, Cold Expert Andrewes told a large audience at Harvard Medical School (which helped finance its English namesake) just how little he has learned.

Virus-laden washings from the nasal secretions of cold sufferers have been dropped into the noses of hundreds of British volunteers. But even with massive...

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