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December 17, 1960

Heat Pyrexia

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Downstate Medical Center 450 Clarkson Ave. Brooklyn 3, N. Y.

JAMA. 1960;174(16):2086. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030160072022

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To the Editor:—  The article and editorial in The Journal, July 16, pages 1175 and 1235, may evoke considerable criticism. While the data collected are useful, the presentation and interpretation raise many questions.Is it proper for the editor to allow such a line as "venous pressure rises to twice its previous rate"? Is it necessary to omit all figures on skin and body temperature from the paper, when they were recorded at 17 points in each subject? Most students of heat injury regard rate of rise of body temperature and the level at which collapse sets in as the most useful guides to the level of resistance to hot environment. Is it sensible to speak of "effective body heat storage," apparently on the basis of rate of rise of temperature, when the environment is hot and the body is doing its best to dissipate heat?The author states that

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