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Medical Treatment of the Common Cold

When an MD is armed only with a prescription pad, the treatment regime for the common cold is fairly predictable. Consider how 1,439 patients in 2,144 medical encounters were treated for the common cold:

  • Antibiotics Prescription Only -- 32%
  • Symptomatic Medication Prescription Only -- 6%
  • Antibiotics and Symptomatic Medication -- 28%
  • Never Filled the Prescription -- 35%
Dynamic Chiropractic 1996: 14 (24)