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The common cold

Join this Vicfix campaign to nose out time-honoured cures for coughs and colds

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About the common cold

It's rare to get through winter without waking up with the sore throat, aching limbs and wracking cough that mean one thing: you've caught a dratted cold. Articles advising we feed it or starve it have always been a staple of newspapers and magazines, with recommended remedies spanning the practical and fanciful.

Suggested cures include gulping lungfuls of fresh air, sucking mentholine jujubes, applying a linseed poultice, snorting saltwater, drinking hot barley water or, failing all else, sipping a wineglassful of whisky or brandy. All are in agreement, however, that prevention is far better than cure for the common malady that has plagued us for centuries.

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  • Choose an article listed below and click through to correct it on Trove (see our How-to guide).
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The common cold

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