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August 1, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(5):323. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730050031014

The value of heating parts of the body by external devices has long been appreciated in relation to a variety of disorders. Localized changes in the circulation can be brought about, with evident benefit in suitable cases. Of late, the development of febrile reactions within the body has been attended with quite different therapeutic reactions. The inoculation of certain types of syphilitic patients, notably cases of dementia paralytica, with malaria organisms, inducing fever thereby and consequent destruction of toxic agents, is one of the advances of modern medicine. A number of procedures for induction of febrile "attacks" have been attempted with some success. One method consists in exposure of the body to electrical oscillations of high frequency. Within such a field there may be marked production of heat throughout the body. The process can be perfectly controlled.

A group of investigators1 at the Albany Medical College have studied the