Medicine: Doctors' Signposts

Some 3,800 doctors, specialists in internal medicine, convened in San Francisco last week to swap shoptalk on everything from bedside treatment to basic science. The occasion: the annual meeting of the American College of Physicians. The doctors posted no huge billboards announcing dramatic cures, but they set up a few small signposts pointing in hopeful directions. Items:

THE COMMON COLD. There is no hint yet of either a preventive or a cure for the common cold. Reporting for a University of Illinois team that has made thousands of tests on 2,500 volunteer cold-catchers, Dr....

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