Medicine: Unproved Plum


When the average man gets a sneezing spell, a stuffed-up head and a runny nose, he thinks he has a cold. If he takes antihistamine tablets, and his sneezing and stuffiness stop, he thinks that the anti-histaminic has "cured his cold." Not necessarily, says the American Medical Association.

In a detailed report in the current A.M.A. Journal on the status of anti-histaminics, now being sold over the counter without prescription, the A.M.A.'s Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry says: "The patient may have been mistaken in his belief that he was getting a cold;...

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