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M. F. McCarthy, M.D.
JAMA. 1934;102(7):558. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750070056026.
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To the Editor:—  It might be of interest to the readers of The Journal to know that De Quincey made somewhat the same observations as were mentioned in the article on the medicinal treatment of the common cold, by Diehl (The Journal, Dec. 23, 1933, p. 2042).Concerning the use of morphine and its effect on acute colds, sometime about 1800, he said: "It is remarkable, also, that during the whole period of years through which I had taken opium, I had never once caught cold, as the phrase is, nor even the slightest cough." After stopping the use of morphine, he wrote: "Now a violent cold attacked me, with a cough soon after."This quotation is from De Quincey's "Confessions of an English Opium Eater," published by the Internationale Bibliothek Berlin West 66, volume 9, page 292, and was called to my attention by the head nurse at the


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