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September 25, 1937


JAMA. 1937;109(13):1044. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780390046017

During the past two years, interest in the production of fever by physical means has greatly increased. Since the gravity of the procedure cannot be overestimated, the administration of fever therapy should be in the hands of a competent, well trained organization. The personnel should include at least one qualified physician who remains in attendance throughout the treatment and a skilled nurse-technician who has had special training in the field to administer the treatments.

Physicians intending to use this therapeutic measure should select patients with as much discrimination as they use in determining those who are to undergo major surgical operations. Raising of the body temperature to 105 and 106 F. and maintaining it at that temperature for several hours is a most serious procedure, requiring the utmost vigilance on the part of the attendants for the safety of the patient. Naturally these treatments cannot be considered simple office procedures.

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