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October 1, 1955

Prolonged and Perplexing Fevers

JAMA. 1955;159(5):530. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960220120025

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Fevers of unknown origin present a frequently recurring problem in differential diagnosis. Many of these cases are extremely baffling, and they tend to gravitate into large teaching centers. Although they usually exert a particular fascination for those who have made a special study of infectious diseases, they involve almost every field in internal medicine, and the problem is not systematically approached in textbooks. Thus a volume devoted exclusively to the prolonged fevers is welcome, especially when the senior author is a clinician and teacher of wide experience and international reputation. This book approaches the subject systematically. After a consideration of variations in the normal body temperature, there is a section on the examination of the patient and diagnostic procedures. Thereafter the infectious fevers are discussed in detail, followed by the noninfectious fevers. These latter are associated with tumors, blood dyscrasias, and other conditions. All these subjects are abundantly illustrated by

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