Archive for Tuesday, November 13, 2012

100 years ago: Colds caused by germs, not cold weather, asserts Kansas doctor

November 13, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 13, 1912:

  • “That the majority of cases of colds in Kansas are due to bacterial infection and are not the result of exposure to ‘draughts’ is the opinion of Dr. S. J. Crumbine, dean of the School of Medicine of the University of Kansas. He declares that hot, stuffy, ill-ventilated rooms in which persons suffering from a cold have been, are likely to produce cold infection in others. ‘“Catching cold” is an accurate expression, because most colds are catching or contagious,’ asserts Dr. Crumbine. ‘Have you observed that if one member of a family has a cold usually all the rest will “catch cold”? The same is true in schools. Therefore the best place to catch a cold is not out-of-doors, or even in draughts, but in close, stuffy, ill-ventilated and infected schoolhouses, churches and theaters. The frequency of colds in winter is chiefly due to the fact that at this time of the year we are crowded into houses, keeping the doors and windows closed in order to keep warm, and thus we provide the conditions for the cultivation and transmission from one to another of the germ-producing disease. There never was so cold a day but a little fresh air was healthful…. One should realize that plenty of fresh, pure air will never hurt anyone, but on the contrary, will keep his bodily strength and vigor up to a high state of resistance, so that he is not likely to take cold or any other infectious diseases. A stuffy room is the germ’s best ally.’”
  • “Few people realize the work that the Women’s Relief Corps is doing in order to raise money to erect a monument at Oak Hill cemetery to mark the graves of the unknown soldiers. They hope to replace the old wooden slab that has marked these graves for a great many years with a suitable marker to remind the younger generations of the gallant deeds of the boys that wore the blue. They are in hopes to have the marker in place by next Decoration Day. The Corps has made sunflowers to sell, is giving dime teas every so often, is having apron sales and is now advertising their new piano for sale, the proceeds of which will be added to the Monument Fund.”
  • “Guilty of highway robbery was the verdict of the jury which heard the evidence in the case of the State of Kansas versus Sherle White. The case was heard in district court this morning…. It was charged that White and another enticed a man partially intoxicated to a lonely spot near the Santa Fe depot, slugged him and took some money and other valuables from his pocket. The jury found White guilty of an offense which is punishable by imprisonment in the state penitentiary for a term of years ranging from 15 to 25. Sentence will not be imposed by the court until the close of the criminal docket.”
  • “Washington – President-elect Wilson’s statement that he intends to have ‘open door’ at the White House so far as possible aroused much discussion today as to the extent that the president can admit the public to his working quarters. At present the White House offices are easy of access to persons with business or introduction at the regular receiving hours but the ever ‘open door' does not exist.”


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 5 months ago

“That the majority of cases of colds in Kansas are due to bacterial infection and are not the result of exposure to ‘draughts’ is the opinion of Dr. S. J. Crumbine, dean of the School of Medicine of the University of Kansas."

Well, it's viruses, not bacteria, that cause the common cold, but I'm still amazed that so many people still believe that it's caused by weather conditions or a draught (draft.)

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like the intellectual elite trying to undermine the values of decent god fearing kansans. Bacteria? Pshaw.

Have you ever seen a bacteria? I bet you have felt a draught.

(They are in fact viruses that cause colds. Bet you never saw one of them, neither!)

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