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September 29, 1934


JAMA. 1934;103(13):990-991. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.72750390008009

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THERAPY OF DISTURBANCES DUE TO HEAT  Excessive exposure to heat is liable to result in one of three rather specific conditions: heat cramps, heat prostration or heat stroke. In addition to these, it must be appreciated that, when a person is exposed to excessively high external temperature, a strain is put on the entire system, most especially the circulatory mechanism and the emunctories, so that persons handicapped by almost any systemic disease are prone to suffer from an aggravation of their symptoms entirely because of this functional strain. All such persons are in greater need of protection against such exposures than are normal persons and they can be relieved of distresses due to heat exposure, even though the distresses are not of a specific type, by measures directed against the excessive heat and its results rather than by digitalis, diuretics or hypnotics that might otherwise seem indicated. Even relatively normal

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