How Britain tried to cure the Common Cold
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Why thousands went on holiday to the Common Cold Unit

For 40 years, a special British institution tried to find a cure for the common cold.

The Common Cold Unit in Salisbury relied on thousands of volunteers willing to be infected with a cold virus.

Given food, accommodation and some pocket money, many regarded it as a holiday and came back year after year.

Witness History spoke to eminent virologist, Prof Nigel Dimmock, who worked at the Common Cold Unit in the 1960s.

Witness History: The stories of our times told by the people who were there.

  • 13 Jul 2019
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