May 12, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(19):1201-1202. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460190051017

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In spite of the fact that physiologists state that life can not be maintained for any length of time at temperatures above 110 or below 90 degrees, reports of both higher and lower figures are made from time to time, and often one is perplexed for an explanation. In some instances deception is obvious, and in others it can not be wholly excluded, but, even allowing for these, there still remain a number whose authenticity can not be doubted. The evidence, so far as it goes, would therefore seem to prove that extremes in either direction are possible, though, naturally only for brief periods. Hypotheses have not been wanting to explain the mechanism of heat-regulation, but the problem is not easy of solution and the final word has not yet been said in this connection. In the familiar case of Teale, in which a lesion of the cervical spine was

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