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November 15, 1884

"Aural Thermometry."

JAMA. 1884;III(20):549. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390690017005

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Abstract

—Under this title the Medical Record, of Nov. 1, 1884, makes mention of a series of experiments conducted by Dr. Flitner, and by him detailed in the St. Petersburger Dissertation. By means of a thermometer adapted to the purpose he measured the temperature of the external auditory meatus in health and acute and chronic diseases of the ear. The average temperature in health was discovered to be 98.4° F., while that of the rectum and axilla was about 99° F. Dr. Flitner has drawn the following conclusions: 1. That if the temperature of the meatus be measured daily in the course of acute inflammation of the ear, it will be found to bear a constant uniform relation to that of the system at large. 2. The same may be said when pneumonitis, erysipelas and other acute inflammatory affections complicate the aural disorder. 3. The temperature of the meatus is sometimes

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