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The Common Head Cold and Its Complications.

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By WELLS WALTER A.. , A.M., M.D., F.A.C.S., Professor of Oto-Laryngology, Georgetown University, Washington, D. C. With an introduction by CUMMINGS HUGH S.. , M.D., Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service. 225 pages, 15 illustrations. The Macmillan Company; , New York: , 1925.. Price in cloth, $2.75.


Ann Intern Med. 1929;3(3):289-290. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-3-3-289_2
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According to a survey made by the Public Health Service, there is, on account of colds in the United States, an average annual loss of work of about two and one-fifth days for each worker, so that taking into consideration only that part of our population engaged in industry, which is about forty-two million, there may be estimated a loss of more than ninety million work days per year. Rendered in terms of money this means a loss of not less than four hundred and fifty million dollars every year on account of colds alone. This, however, by no means

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