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May 21, 1938

Artificial Fever Produced by Physical Means: Its Development and Application

JAMA. 1938;110(21):1778. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790210058031

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This is a careful study of the various methods of production of fever therapy by physical means which describes the basic principles, history, physiology and technic of application of fever therapy for various diseases, particularly dementia paralytica, syphilis of the central nervous system, primary and secondary syphilis, multiple sclerosis, chorea minor, arthritis, gonorrhea and asthma. The author seems to lay undue stress on the value of producing fever by means of electromagnetic induction and seems somewhat biased in favor of this method. Nevertheless he does give careful descriptions of other methods of treatment. He is a mite too concerned about his own priority in certain phases of this investigation and a bit too prone to the use of the first personal pronoun. One may be startled by the recommendation that if the patient's temperature becomes too high he should be bathed with ice water. It is generally felt that tepid

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