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April 18, 1977

Extreme Pyrexia

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Covington, Ky

JAMA. 1977;237(16):1692. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270430033008

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To the Editor.—  "Extreme Pyrexia," which appeared recently The Journal, brings back memories of a case beyond the limits of that article.In 1931, while a resident, I was called to a floor one night because a patient had a temperature of 42.7° C. I asked the nurse to take the temperature again. It was 42.7° C. I asked the nurse to use another thermometer. It was still 42.7° C. Examination of the patient showed that he was being treated with malaria therapy for syphilis, which was in vogue those days. The patient died one half hour later.