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November 28, 1896

ABOUT FEVER; REFERRING TO NATURAL ECONOMICS.

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MILLBORO SPRINGS, VA.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(22):1147. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431000023002g

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Abstract

The stress which is laid on the hyperthermic condition which nature shows in her attempt to restore the "normal status of affairs" when she is aflame, as the leading symptom to be speedily suppressed by us, is, in my humble opinion, carried something to the extreme.

Fever is a signal to us that nature is offended, consequently perturbed, and she takes this course to relieve herself of the offenders. If it is only a symptom, it should not draw our attention too far from the cause, which latter, if we can remedy, will lower the temperature as a matter of course. This hyperpyrexic mobilization, then, is nature's way to get rid of her troubles; and we are induced to believe that the morbific elementaries are either destroyed or rendered hors du combat by this, we think, inhibitory action, when aided in the proper direction by art. How many gastric fermentative

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