The fever which accompanies tuberculosis is a symptom poorly understood and unsatisfactorily treated. In recent years the opinion of the profession as to the chief factors in its causation has undergone several changes; and yet the most generally accepted theory at the present time is still unsatisfactory and leaves much to be explained. Since there can be no exactness in its therapy until we have formed some definite idea of its cause or causes, the importance of more study along this line is self-evident.
It must be obvious to anyone who has an opportunity to study patients suffering from advanced tuberculosis and who uses his powers of observation, that the cause of the chronic fever in tuberculosis and the factors which produce the irregularities in its course are numerous and complex. There has been an endeavor to make this subject entirely too simple and the result has been increased confusion.
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