People: Dec. 7, 1970

Twice a Nobel prizewinner (chemistry 1954, peace 1962), California Biochemist Linus Pauling has claimed a breakthrough in treatment of the common cold. His nonsecret: vitamin C, which was isolated in 1928. The vitamin—also called ascorbic acid—has never received its due, Dr. Pauling says, partly because the drug companies cannot make enough money out of it and partly because doctors generally prescribe doses just large enough to prevent scurvy. In a paperback, Vitamin C and the Common Cold (W.H. Freeman & Co.; $1.95), Pauling recommends a daily 250-to-10,000 milligrams to keep colds from being...

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