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September 24, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(13):403-406. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400120019006

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The Address of Dr. Austin Flint before the International Congress on "Fever: its Cause, Mechanism and Rational Treatment," is one of interest to the physiologist, the pathologist and to the general practitioner. Its object, as he stated, was to show how the metamorphosis of matter involved in the normal production of animal heat is accomplished, and how the abnormal production of heat in fever, involving, as it does, abnormal activity in the metamorphosis of tissue, may be restricted, and how abnormal destruction of tissue may be limited and repaired. Before going further it may be well to give the reader Dr. Flint's definition of fever, as in this way he may be able more readily to follow the general discussion of the subject. "Fever, as observed in the so-called essential fevers, may be defined as a condition of excessive production of heat, involving defective nutrition or inanition, an excessive production

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