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February 20, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(8):237-238. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411120025003

The remarkable results obtained by Liebermeister in the use of cold baths in typhoid fever at once attracted the attention of the physicians of the world. But his indiscriminate use of the baths in all cases in which the temperature became elevated, was, and is to-day much criticized. It is quite apparent that in such a disease as typhoid fever, there must always be many other factors to be considered than the single one of the temperature range. In America and in England the rigid application of the Liebermeister plan never found a very wide application. Social conditions as well as the judgment of physicians would not permit its use generally. In other fevers high temperature has not been found to be of the great danger which it has long been held to have in typhoid fever. But the long duration of the elevated temperature of typhoid is a factor