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July 30, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(5):335. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500050043011

The advantages of a means of taking temperature at frequent intervals without disturbing the patient for the purpose are obvious. Mantoux2 of Paris accomplishes this by having the patient micturate on the upper part of the bulb of a thermometer slanted in such a way in the vessel that the stream of urine flows along and over the bulb. The mercury rises much faster than when the thermometer is placed in the mouth or rectum. This is not a new method, but it has not been considered accurate. Mantoux, however, has made 319 comparative tests of the temperature thus ascertained, and the temperature found in the mouth, axilla or rectum. The difference between the urine temperature and the rectal temperature averaged.02 to.34 of a degree Centigrade, and never amounted to more than half a degree except in one instance. The findings constantly paralleled those of the rectal temperature, except

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