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January 24, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXII(4):302-303. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560290052026

Medical literature cannot be said to lack a liberal quota of contributions relating to fever. The theories and facts contributed to this subject might be presented in an almost endless array; yet there cannot be said to exist to-day a consensus of opinion as to the underlying mechanism, the factors which facilitate and maintain the existence of prolonged rise of temperature. Much of what has been written in the past about heat centers and temperature regulation is so vague and indefinite that, in not furnishing a guide for rational procedure in practice, it fails to serve the best purpose of hypothetic generalizations. For this reason it seems desirable to rehearse at some length the theory of fever and its treatment which was outlined by the Viennese pharmacologist H. H. Meyer at the last meeting of the German Congress for Internal Medicine.1

Owing to the fact that the production of

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