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April 4, 1936

THE TEMPERATURE OF THE SKIN SURFACE

Author Affiliations
NEW YORK
From the Departments of Physical Therapy, Mount Sinai and Beth Israel Hospitals.
JAMA. 1936;106(14):1158-1162. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770140020007
Abstract

The temperature of the surface of the skin varies with the environmental temperature, with the temperature of the body and with conditions in the skin and in the structures lying beneath it.

VARIATIONS IN DIFFERENT REGIONS OF THE SKIN  In a comfortable environment, the temperature of the skin surface varies in different regions of the body. The temperature of the skin surface of the trunk usually varies between 33.5 and 36.9 C. (92.3 and 98.4 F.).1The temperature of the skin surface is lower over superficial veins than it is over superficial arteries. It is lower over protruding and markedly curved parts, such as the nose, ears, fingers and toes.2 The temperature of the skin is higher over muscles than over bone or tendons, over an active organ than over one at rest.3 As a rule, stout persons (because of their thicker layer of subcutaneous fat) have

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