A 98.6 reading of the common cold and affiliated respiratory diseases which cost so much not only in time lost (work and school) but money thrown out in over-the-counter remedies. The early chapters survey the various illnesses and how treated, sinusitis, coughs, influenza and pneumonia, allergies, throat infections, etc. A whole chapter is devoted to the nostrums which pass for cold cures and the pharmaceutical industry should Compoz itself; they are all considered worthless if not harmful, from antihistomines down to vitamins. What to do? avoid catching cold but if not, rest, isolation, humidification, hot liquids (rather than citrus juices) are all recommended. A no-nonsense approach which should prove prophylactic.