© 2009

Common Cold

  • Ronald Eccles
  • Olaf Weber

Part of the Birkhäuser Advances in Infectious Diseases book series (BAID)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Isabel Atzl, Roland Helms
    Pages 1-21
  3. Alex J. Elliot, Douglas M. Fleming
    Pages 47-75
  4. Ian M. Mackay, Katherine E. Arden, Stephen B. Lambert
    Pages 77-106
  5. William J. Doyle, Sheldon Cohen
    Pages 149-186
  6. Sherif Beniameen Mossad
    Pages 187-196
  7. Diane E. Pappas, J. Owen Hendley
    Pages 197-210
  8. Mieke van Driel, Chris Del Mar
    Pages 211-219
  9. Tom Jefferson
    Pages 221-236
  10. Timothy W. Kenealy, Bruce Arroll
    Pages 237-247
  11. Ronald Eccles
    Pages 249-273
  12. Harri Hemilä
    Pages 275-307
  13. Florin Mihail
    Pages 309-347
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 349-355

About this book


The common cold is unlike any other human disease. It seems impossible to defeat and affects all of us on a regular basis. Due to the large number of viruses causing colds any specific cure is a major challenge.

This unique book brings together a wide range of topics, from our ancestors’ views about disease, followed by the questions why and how we sneeze, cough and get a runny nose, to the intricacies of host-virus interactions and immunological phenomena on the molecular level. Popular treatments, "over the counter" medicines and interventions are reviewed. Finally recent developments and new treatment options are highlighted.


Atmen Common Cold antibiotic antibiotic use antibiotics infection infections infectious infectious disease pathogenesis respiratory infection

Editors and affiliations

  • Ronald Eccles
    • 1
  • Olaf Weber
    • 2
  1. 1.Common Cold Centre Cardiff School of BiosciencesCardiff UniversityCardiffUK
  2. 2.Institute of Molecular Medicine and Experimental ImmunologyRheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-UniversitätBonnGermany

Bibliographic information

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From the reviews: “This is an interesting and comprehensive monograph on the syndrome familiar to us all as ‘the common cold’. … the editors have generally avoided repetition and many of the chapters are data-rich, with good overviews of the epidemiology and treatments, many of which are refreshingly up-to-date. … The book also contains a wealth of useful background information on the economic and societal impact of the common cold, and is recommended for institutional purchase.” (David J. Evans, Microbiology Today, August, 2010)