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Original Research: 75 Seminal Studies, 1935–2009 |

Introduction: Basic Science and Medical Practice

Glenn S. Tillotson, PhD, FCCP
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Chest. 2009;136(5_suppl):e29. doi:10.1378/chest.09-2268
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Although many of us have spent years training in increasingly complex medical and scientific fields, it is often the pearls of wisdom from our mothers or grandmothers that resonate. Natural remedies, although not patently based on known science, have benefits not seen with some pharmaceutical products. One such remedy in which most of us have partaken is chicken soup as a cure for a cold. Such is the strength of this household remedy that boiling cauldrons of poultry-enhanced vegetable broths bubble on stoves in readiness for the inevitable upper respiratory tract infection, aka, the common cold. The > 100 rhinoviruses have not manipulated their genes to overcome the best broths our maternal caretakers brew each winter. Is this the ultimate placebo effect or is there more to this than “hubble-bubble, toil, and trouble?”

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