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November 14, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(20):559. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391190027009

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To the Editor of the Journal. 

Sir:  —Stephan, of St. Petersburg (see Journal September 26, 1885), is of opinion that the temperature in fever may be lowered by the application of ice-bags over the super-clavicular region. This effect is produced by bringing the cold in contact with the large superficial veins of the neck. I have noticed that in some cases of pneumonia a sensation of intense heat is one of the most trying sensations from which the patient suffers. In two of my cases much relief was afforded by the continuous application of the ice-bag to the occipito-cervical region. One of the patients told me "it was the only comfort he had."48 West 17th St., New York.

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