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November 12, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(20):1142-1143. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450200010001d

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Temperature, from Hippocrates down, has been recognized as a factor in disease. In the present paper the topic is to be discussed with reference to the explosive (nerve-storm-like) and sudden elevation of temperature under certain mental impressions or conditions.

Musser attributes the stability of temperature to the central regulating apparatus, called the thermotoxic apparatus. This aggregation of forces is under the control of the nervous system, either through the motor or special nerves which pass with them to and from definite centers in the brain, called heat centers. He claims that the elevation of temperature is due to the increased disintegration of nitrogenous tissue. It has also been said that the high range is caused by the taking in of more poison than is gotten rid of, or, to give bacteriologic zest to the expression, the microbes are in competition with the corpuscles of the blood.

High temperatures are not

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