During any given winter week in Hanover, NH, as many as 150 of Dartmouth College's approximately 4,225 students probably are under siege from one or another of the common cold viruses. They may see a physician at Dartmouth's infirmary—or attend the college health service's unique Cold Clinic.
This clinic tries to teach students how to determine—now and later in life—when self-treatment will suffice and when further professional care is needed. Raymond Jackson, MD, health service director, says there are definite reasons for making the common cold a pathway to this learning experience: "It is a common human experience and there is fairly good general agreement on what one means when one says, 'I have a cold.' "
So far, the clinic "has proved quite popular," says Jackson, who emphasizes that it is not an attempt to shortchange students on medical care. "The clinic is a means by which students may gain