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July 9, 1910

EXCESSIVELY HIGH TEMPERATURE IN A CASE OF INCIPIENT PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS

JAMA. 1910;55(2):128. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330020032015

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Abstract

The patient in this case was in the Missouri State Sanatorium for from twelve to fourteen months. One morning, a year or more ago, the nurse brought a thermometer to me complaining that she could not tell where it registered. She said that this happened every time she shook the mercury down and returned the thermometer to the mouth of this particular patient. The nurse also complained that the patient had bitten the bulb off from one or two thermometers. On examining, I found that the mercury extended nearly to the free end of the thermometer. I was aware that a patient sometimes plays a trick on the nurse by holding the mercury bulb in the steam-jet of the radiator, so I took the thermometer and placed it in the patient's mouth and stayed by her side. Soon the patient complained that the thermometer bulb was broken in her mouth.

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