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December 1938

Artificial Fever Produced by Physical Means: Its Development and Application.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1938;62(6):1092. doi:10.1001/archinte.1938.00180170192012

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This textbook deals with the treatment of disease with physically induced fever. Starting with a history of the subject, chapters are included on the basic principles and the physiology of hyperpyrexia and on the technic of application. The use of hyperpyrexia in various diseases is described. There is a careful discussion, under separate chapter headings, of the treatment by means of fever therapy of the following diseases: dementia paralytica, syphilis of the central nervous system, primary and secondary syphilis, multiple sclerosis, chorea minor, arthritis, gonorrhea and asthma.

The author has given a concise and positive exposition, setting forth in a justifiably enthusiastic manner the excellent results to be obtained by this procedure. He has been somewhat too favorably disposed toward the production of fever by electromagnetic induction as compared to other equally acceptable methods of producing fever.

Neymann's advocacy of the use of ice water sponges to lower an exceptionally

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